About 43 per cent of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and startups plan to hire women in the next 6 months, according to a survey by community platform LocalCircles.
While the last 8 months of the Covid-19 pandemic have been tough in terms of new employment of women with small businesses, the 6-month outlook does look a bit better.
LocalCricles said that growth is coming back in many sectors. Work-from-home has become a new normal for many of the technology-driven businesses and for white-collar jobs, even in traditional businesses. “This is likely to help more women find job opportunities in the coming months,” said LocalCircles, which received over 7,000 responses for the survey from startups and MSMEs spread across the country.
India’s startups and MSMEs ecosystem went through a very difficult time due to the pandemic and the following lockdown. With revenues and operations getting impacted for most businesses, many ended up cutting costs and some even shut down temporarily or permanently. As per the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) 6 million Indians had already lost white-collar jobs in the March-August period.
Source: Business Standard