In a post-Covid world, more companies will engage freelancers, says Deloitte
- According to Deloitte’s ‘Future of Work Accelerated’ report, three in five organisations (60%) are gauging increasing share of
gig workersso as to reduce the dependence on full time workforce.
- Nearly 80% of the organisations have less than 10% of their employees as gig workers, accounting majorly the contractual staff.
- As many as 120 million gig workers are now unpaid. However, the future does look promising to middle management level workers and their share will go up in a post-Covid world.
- The employees are putting in more work hours due to remote working, leading to a significant decrease in absenteeism.
Many companies are now evaluating an ‘alternative workforce model’ with gig workers and freelancers.
According to Deloitte’s ‘Future of Work Accelerated’ report, three in five organisations (60%) are gauging increasing share of gig workers to reduce the dependence on full time workforce.
Gig workers struggle during Covid crisis
However, off late
“The slowdown started around mid-March and only around 20-30 million people now have their employment intact,” Pravin Agarwala, cofounder of Betterplace, a blue-collar employee management firm, told ET. As many as 120 million gig workers are now unpaid. However, the future does look promising to middle management level workers and their share will go up in a post-Covid world.
80% organisations have less than 10% employees as gig workers
As per Deloitte data, nearly 80% of the organisations have less than 10% of their employees as gig workers, accounting majorly to contractual staff. However, as India embraces
“A large majority of this is expected to be contributed by the unorganised sector of the economy, as India Inc's adoption of gig workers remains nascent at best,” the report said.
Automotive companies, media houses and business process management companies are exploring areas that can be equipped with remote working models using gig workers on a sustained basis.
A shared employment model
For instance, the report referred to a global business process management company that is considering an alternative workforce for their blue-collar workers to recover in a post lockdown world. In fact, it might also venture into a shared employment model with other organisations.
On the other hand, the companies heavily dependent on permanent workforce will continue doing so. To facilitate employee engagement, organisations are heavily investing in future-ready skills. These corporates have reported a three times increase in training and virtual learning programmes for skills like managing ambiguity, creating virtual presence, and negotiating remotely.
Moreover the pandemic has led to the adoption of virtual collaboration tools. Three-fourths of CXOs said that there was a surge in ‘forced adoption’ of tech platforms. However, this has made the decision making process more efficient — largely due to efficiency coming from virtual meetings.
In addition, individual productivity has also increased due to ‘
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