In the last few years, Indian Government has been making strong efforts to uplift the informal sector of the economy with initiatives like Make in India, Skill India, Startup India, Digital India, MUDRA Scheme and many more similar strategies. Some of the strategies didn’t attract many people, some came through and some are still very new after implementation to rate it. But yes, there is little improvement which can be seen in the lives of people belonging to the BoP of the country already. Though we are still very far from where we need to be.
People belonging to the underdeveloped sector are more aware and skillful now. And because of all these reasons and improvement, more entrepreneurs and youngsters are looking forward to building their careers in the blue-collar sector. So what are the best career options in the informal sector in 2018?
Driver Jobs - Cab driver, Taxi Driver, Auto Driver etc. can be one of the best career options in blue-collar sector. With prominent startups and companies such as Uber, Ola, Jugnoo, Meru, Carzonrent etc. entering the Indian market, have encouraged entrepreneurs to enter this industry which has improved competition as well the number of jobs. There have been reports that Uber and Ola generated 13L jobs. The average salary for a driver in India is approx. Rs. 13,000 but it will differ for a state to state, city to city or place to place. The average salary for a driver in Delhi and Mumbai is above Rs. 14,000.
Delivery Jobs - Many different types of business models have emerged in the last decade which requires logistics or delivery staff such as e-commerce businesses, logistics firms, restaurants, food delivery services etc. With big startups and organizations such as Flipkart, Ajio, Abof, Amazon, Delhivery, Ecom-Express, Swiggy, Zomato Runnr, Uber Eats etc. have set up their businesses in India, have created a lot of job opportunities for this kind of career.
Many temporary delivery jobs are also created by many such businesses just before the sale every year. Last year in 2017, Amazon created 5,500 temporary jobs in logistics to ensure smooth delivery around the sale.
Sales and Marketing - The focus of Indian Government has been to create more entrepreneurs, encourage youngsters to take entrepreneurship as a career and smoothen the process of setting up and conducting a business in the economy. This will lead to more number of startups & job creation and attract a number of foreign firms to set up business in India. Every startup and business need to hire sales personnel or business developers along with a strong marketing team. These days with changed many new kinds of jobs have been generated in the economy such as content marketing, social media marketing, digital marketing, SEO/SEM experts, video marketing etc.
Chefs/Cooks - 2018 can be a golden year for cooks/chefs. Many food or food tech startups and companies like Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Faasos, FreshMenu, Innerchef, Wow Momo, Foodpanda, Zomato have already entered the Indian market and much more will enter in the year. This will create more and quality jobs for cooks and chefs.
Yes, these are some of the go-to career options in 2018 for people belonging to the informal sector in India. So people who are looking to switch or start a career may go for any of the above career options.