In comparison to last year, the number of women users on the jobs and professional networking platform apna.co has increased by 132%, with the majority of them looking for remote working opportunities.
According to the platforms’ data, the number of women applying for remote working jobs more than doubled during the last eight months of the year.
According to the research, more women are looking for remote jobs, with decreased travel time being the key reason. These jobs can provide flexible working hours, allowing them to assist their household work/pursue alternate means of revenue generation such as tuition/creches from home.
BPO jobs such as telecalling or telesales, computer, data entry operator, executive roles such as business development, back office, admins, office assistant, academic jobs such as teachers, tutors, finance jobs such as accounts/finance, and marketing-related roles are among the most in-demand work from home (WFH) jobs.
According to a recent International Labour Organization (ILO) research, the majority of women stated their willingness to take work if assignments were made available at their homes. It also shows that 34% of rural Indian women and 28% of urban Indian women were eager to accept employment from home.
WFH has not only been popular in metro cities such as Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata, but cities such as Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Patna, and Jaipur have also seen a surge in applications for work-from-home positions.
This year, the apna.co website, which claims to have over 5.1 million female users, experienced an increase in firms looking for remote working prospects.
Cities such as Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Lucknow saw an increase in the number of WFH job postings this year, demonstrating how distant work has permeated further into India.
Women are also looking for unorthodox jobs such as delivery partners, drivers, aircraft repair, and backend engineers, among others.
Mr. Manas Singh, the chief business officer of apna.co. said in an interview that WFH provides great flexibility and convenience. This could be one of the major reasons why it has the potential to inspire more professionals to enter the workforce, further propelling the country’s economic engine.
Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently emphasized the necessity of remote work. In a recent speech to a national conference of labor ministers from all states and union territories, he reiterated that full workforce participation will be required to make India a global leader. One of the critical factors in improving the workforce for women and increasing their participation is the option of remote working and flexible working hours if India was to achieve its economic goals faster.