While many doctors, lawyers and chartered accountants continued to remain a part of the gig force, an army of blue collar workers too have joined them over the past five years, thanks to the explosive growth of service aggregator companies. “There are all indicators that gig will become a prominent way of hiring in the tech industry,” Kumar said.
The pandemic is expected to push the gig economy in a big way. Companies were earlier looking at having permanent or contractual employees. Covid shifting work home has helped companies finally realise that concerns like whether employees will be productive or collaborative enough while working remotely are unfounded. This could also force companies to start thinking about introducing pay parity, irrespective of which part of the world the employees are logging in from. The pandemic has also proved that jobs can move wherever the skills are available, boosting the case of the gig worker.
DevOps: If you have worked in a DevOps environment – continuous software development and delivery – you can find a lot of gig assignments where you will be part of a globally distributed team. There are lots of gig opportunities for those who are trained in technologies like Jenkins, Docker and Kubernetes.
Testing: Testing gigs too are available, especially for those who are trained in Selenium, the portable framework for testing web applications. An area to watch out for is AI-based testing automation tools.
If you want to be a gig worker, Kumar has these suggestions:
> You should become a gig worker only if you are confident about your skills. Your ratings on platforms matter a lot
> You should be a continuous learner who is eager to add more skills to your profile. Keeping yourself updated with the latest tech trends is vital
> Networking matters a lot. Some of your best gig work may come from your ex-colleagues or customers themselves. The good word should go around. Think of gig work as a business, and operate like how companies do: on testimonials, references and relationships
>It’s important to have a second passion, so that, when there is no tech gig on the table, you wouldn’t be stressed
>A fresher looking for gig work can endorse oneself well if s/he is already working on some open source project; showcasing proofs of concept too will help. No one really looks at the years of experience, only ratings matter
Tech gigs that pay the most (Rs per hour)
- Blockchain developer 5,000
- Golang developer 4,000
- Apache Kafka developer 4,000
- Solutions architect 4,000
- AWS developer 3,500
- Information security consultant 3,000
- Tensorflow developers 3,000
- UI/UX designers 2,000
- Web developers 2,000
- Salesforce developers 2,000
Where to find tech gigs
Freelancer.com, Upwork, Tapchief, 99tests, Bugcrowd, Utest, Betalize, Usertesting, Passbrains, Truelancer.com, Userfeel.com, Usertesting.com, Betatesting.com
GigNow of EY and Topcoder of Wipro are two other major platforms