Nine out of 10 gig workers are currently earning less than Rs 15,000 per month, compared to one in 10 before the lockdown, showed a study by Flourish Ventures.
When it came to the steepest decline in incomes by sectors — drivers of taxi aggregators were the hardest hit, reporting up to 90% reduction in incomes, followed by workers of food delivery companies, reporting a 75% decline, and cleaning staff witnessing up to 72% fall.
Another disturbing trend is that women gig economy workers have suffered a bigger decline in incomes than their male counterparts. Almost 74% women workers made less than Rs 10,000 in August compared to 65% men, according to the study that surveyed 800 gig workers. About 42% of respondents said they had received some government aid — food provisions/direct benefit transfers — to tide over their hardship.
Even though 84% of workers expressed fear over Covid-19, they were more concerned about the lockdown impact on livelihoods than on their health in case they had to step out for work. About 61% of workers were worried over their continued ability to work, while about 17% said their primary concern was to meet their basic needs.
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