Phani Raj Kuchibhotla

Curious Curator

PANIC - PANDEMIC & WORK

One thing that became more evident is the migration of labor and skilled for employment opportunities. As per existing dated statistics, 16% of Indians migrate to cities in search of jobs.

Let’s split them by skilled & unskilled. With skilled further being split into IT & Non IT jobs.

Starting with IT Jobs, what this pandemic has taught us is that remote collaboration can happen and we. know majority of the employees in these IT companies are from with in the state or neighbouring states. Example Hyderabad, Chennai mostly attract talent from with in their states. With COVID-19 proving that remote collaboration can work, may be big IT delivery centres can plan to decentralize their delivery centres now.

Ex: For a TCS delivery centre in Chennai with 100k workers can be decentralized in to 10 delivery centres in 10k each in 10 different towns across the Tamil Nadu. I am sure it’s easy to get 10k employees to work in a local centre and they will be more than happy to move to a place that is near their native place. Think of this as India offshoring work to rural india. Main advantage? Do I need to say? More decentralized growth, urban decongestion, more business of non urban business.

Next the skilled Non IT workers - Marketing, finance, sales, HR, local operations. Off these sales teams mostly are already decentralized or mostly on travel. Other than Marketing and finance, rest can easily be decentralized.

Now the non skilled. If decentralization happens for all industries like for IT, non skilled will definitely will have enough opportunities within 50-100KM radius of their homes and don’t have to migrate to far off places any more.

One thing that we should really push for is reversing the urbanization and decentralized growth across industries.

This will be breathing relief for cities with lower pollution and traffic and a boon for tier 2-3 cities. Ideally it should be the local MLAs who should