Gig workers are key to businesses like ride-hailing aggregators or food-tech companies. And these new businesses are increasingly attracting investments. During the festive season, e-commerce companies are hiring about 80,000 partners. All these tech-enabled blue-collar jobs exhibit changes in the skilled labour market.
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India’s gig economy needs proper skilling of the blue-collar workers. According to NSDC, about 70 million blue-collar workers will be employment-ready by 2023. That needs more investment in polytechnics and in learning new skills. The government has also taken steps to bring those workers under a social security scheme.