The freelance job market in India has seen a rise of 22% in hiring in January 2021 as compared to January 2019, reveals the latest report by Indeed. The data reveals that postings for freelance jobs spiked between May and June 2020 by nearly two-fold from the same period in 2019.
The report claims that it is the disruption caused by the pandemic in the job market which compelled organizations to restructure their workforce and hence resulted in a rise in freelance jobs. Data shows that at any point in time, freelance job postings have outstripped freelance job searches.
With the implementation of work-from-home structures, job search activity post-March 2020 was consistently higher than pre-pandemic levels, peaking in April 2020, claims the report.
Most of the freelance jobs were concentrated in the creative, tech, sales, and recruitment fields with these sectors contributing to 55% of the total freelance jobs posted on Indeed.
As of Jan 2021, freelance writer was the most in-demand job in this segment, followed by freelance designer, recruiter, developer, and digital marketer. Business development executive and PhP developer also emerged in the top-10 freelance job titles in India.
Among the age group, it was the people in the age bracket of 20-29 years who contributed to most (73%) of freelance job searches on Indeed in January 2021.
Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India, said “Pushing the freelance community to the fore, the pandemic year witnessed increased hiring and search momentum for freelance jobs on Indeed. We believe that changes in the external job environment and the added flexibility of work-from-home, has significantly improved the attitude of the employer and job seeker towards freelance jobs. In addition to optimizing productivity, freelancing provides a sense of ownership and creative freedom that are sought after, especially by the younger, more agile workforce. Our data also indicates that these jobs were most sought after by job seekers in the 20-29 year age bracket.”