In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisioned India becoming a $5 trillion economy and a world power by 2024-25. By 2022, he reiterated that full workforce participation will be imperative to make India a world leader. She also stated that remote work and flexible hours will be critical to strengthening female labor force participation, allowing India to reach its economic goals faster.
According to recent government data, the Indian economy is fueling up with a growth of 13.5% in the April-June quarter of FY23, showing the fastest growth in the last four quarters.
However, working to make India a world leader and discussing the country’s changing office setup, increasing the workforce and its professionals should not be ruled out. According to an analysis by apna.co, India’s leading job and professional networking platform, compared to last year, there has been a 132% increase in the number of female users of the platform with the most of them looking for remote work. .
She also said there has been a two-fold increase in women applying for remote jobs in the last 8 months of the year.
More women have been looking for remote work with less commuting time as the main motivation that can offer flexible work hours to support household chores/pursue alternative forms of income generation such as tuitions/ kindergartens from home.
“The flexibility and convenience that remote working brings has the potential to inspire more professionals to join the workforce, further accelerating the country’s economic engine,” said Manas Singh, Chief Business Officer of apna.co.
A recent report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) found that a significant proportion of women tend to declare their willingness to accept work if tasks are done in their domestic facilities. The ILO report also indicates that 34% of rural Indian women and 28% of urban women were willing to accept work at home.
Work from home
The most in-demand work from home jobs include BPO jobs such as telephone or telesales, computer, data entry operator, executive roles such as business development, back office, administrators, office assistant, academic jobs such as teachers, tutors, financial work such as accounts. /functions related to finance and marketing.
WFH has not only been a popular trend in metropolitan cities like Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, but cities like Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Patna and Jaipur have also recorded the highest number of job applications since from home clearly highlighting how remote work has gone deeper.