The many questions arising from QES data

Synopsis: The first quarter data of QES talks about different employment statistics  Introduction  Recently, the Labour Bureau has released the results of the All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey (QES) for the first quarter of 2021 (April to June). The Sixth Economic Census serves as the basis of the QES survey. The survey covers establishments employing 10… Continue reading The many questions arising from QES data

India’s informal economy: Challenges and solutions – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction The majority of the urban population across the world makes its living from the informal economy. According to one report published by the ILO in 2018, more than 2 billion people – almost 61% of the world’s employed population – were dependent on the informal economy. In some countries, this proportion… Continue reading India’s informal economy: Challenges and solutions – Explained, pointwise

The recent QES estimates are unreliable 

Synopsis: New Quarterly Employment Survey, its key findings, various challenges associated with the survey and the way forward  Introduction  Recently, the Ministry of Labour and Employment released the results of a new Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) for April-June 2021 for the organized (formal) sector.  It represents establishments employing ten or more workers. The surveyed sectors were manufacturing, construction,… Continue reading The recent QES estimates are unreliable 

The motherhood penalty employers must eliminate

Synopsis: Government intervention is needed to bring women equal to men. Introduction Women in India often faced a lot of discrimination owing to the patriarchy. It does not only impact her social life but takes a toll on her professional one also. What is the status of women in India? The gender gap in India has… Continue reading The motherhood penalty employers must eliminate

What the continued distress in informal labour market says

Synopsis: Status of informal sector in India, distress faced by them mainly during the Covid-19 pandemic and various impacts of the sustained divergence between the formal and the informal labour force.  Introduction Recently released economic data suggests that the Indian economy has emerged from the second wave of the pandemic better than expected. Two broad… Continue reading What the continued distress in informal labour market says

A jobs problem: Labour data in India is lagged and patchy. But supply-demand mismatch is still clear

What is the news? Recently, GOI unveiled a quarterly report on employment for April-June, which estimates the labour demand of nine handpicked non-farm sectors by surveying establishments with 10 people or more. What has been the job market trend in India? India’s economy has been slowing down since 2017-18. Three successive years of dropping GDP… Continue reading A jobs problem: Labour data in India is lagged and patchy. But supply-demand mismatch is still clear

Jobs increased by 29% since 2013, says survey

What is the News? The Labour Bureau, which works under the Ministry of Labour, has released findings from the All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey. About All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey(AQEES) AQEES has been taken up by the Labour Bureau to provide frequent (quarterly) updates about the employment and related variables of establishments, in both organised… Continue reading Jobs increased by 29% since 2013, says survey

When global firms disengage, employment suffers

Synopsis: Permanency of large foreign firms operating for decades is slowly on the decline. That is why, domestic capital formation and private investments should step in. Introduction The most recent labour statistics, for August 2021, released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) shows that the unemployment rate has increased from around 7% in… Continue reading When global firms disengage, employment suffers

A Job to do: On unemployment in India

Synopsis: Employment opportunities need to expand in areas where labour is deployed to deliver higher productivity for enterprise and higher returns to labour. Introduction India’s unemployment rate in August was 8.3 per cent and, it signifies very high unemployment rates. What are some concerns regarding unemployment in India? High unemployment rate: Periodic Labour Force Survey… Continue reading A Job to do: On unemployment in India

Can unicorns solve the country’s youth unemployment problem?

Synopsis: Unicorns can make some impact and lessen youth unemployment, especially in urban India, but they can’t solve the country’s problem of job scarcity. Introduction In August 2021, India’s unemployment rate stood at 8.32%, worse than July’s rate of 6.96%, but similar to the rates recorded in August 2020 and August 2019, which were at… Continue reading Can unicorns solve the country’s youth unemployment problem?