5 Biggest Challenges Faced by Blue-Collar Workers In India

As we already know that salary in blue-collar work is less than white-collar work. But demand for delivery boys, drivers and other blue-collar workers has been increasing over the years. In fact, there are increasing skills shortages in manufacturing and other areas that could lead to massive revenue losses by 2030.

Despite this need for skilled blue-collar workers, they are often mistreated and hampered by work-related issues. Here are some of the biggest challenges faced by blue-collar workers:

1) Job Search & Hiring Processes

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2) Underemployment

Many blue-collar workers may only be able to work part-time when they are available for full-time work, and the rest of their time left idle. Some employers may offer them zero-hour contracts, where they are not obliged to provide any minimum working hours, and therefore there is no guarantee of work. Joining an employment agency does not guarantee consistent work for many blue-collar workers, so they may have to rely on multiple agencies and go through each agency's paperwork.

3) Flexibility

While some blue-collar workers are underemployed, some who have inflexible schedules and can only work part-time may struggle to find the right jobs. Fixed working hours may be an issue for workers who have other things to take care of, such as those who have children or sick relatives. These workers need the extra income from a job to support themselves and their family, but employers may not understand their problems.

4) Automation

As firms and industries worldwide are automating processes and becoming more efficient, there is a growing fear that manual labourers will be replaced by machines and face increasing unemployment. It has already been seen in the manufacturing industry, where many workers have been made redundant over the years due to new technology.

5) Underpayment

Many labourers are entirely dependent on their wages to pay their bills and feed their families as they usually do not earn enough to save. Any income loss could have harmful consequences for their livelihoods. Agencies that take a cut from their wages are also making it more difficult for them. As many workers may be desperate for jobs, they tend to tolerate unfair treatment and low wages, as asking for more could lead to loss of their job.

Dheeraj Kapil is CEO of Saprootz, which is an an innovative platform for managing blue collar workers in the logistics industry.
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