Migration, Skilling, and Employment in Bengaluru’s New Service Economy

Upadhya, Carol and RoyChowdhury, Supriya (2022) Migration, Skilling, and Employment in Bengaluru’s New Service Economy. Economic and Political Weekly, 57 (4). pp. 40-46. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract: This paper summarises the key findings of an extensive research study recently completed in the Bengaluru and Raichur districts of Karnataka. Against the backdrop of the Skill India policy, the research focused on skill development centres that mobilise rural youth to undergo training and facilitate their entry into the lower rungs of the new service economy. While the organised services account for an increasing share of urban employment, the study found that such jobs are unlikely to lead to economic or social mobility. Instead, low wages, insecure tenure, and economic hardships in the city push service workers to switch jobs or return to their villages. The unregulated and precarious nature of work in organised services creates a fluid and unstable workforce, thus raising questions about the hegemonic skills paradigm and India’s development trajectory.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Additional Information: This project was carried out by researchers at the Institute for Social and Economic Change and the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, between 2017 and 2019
Keywords: Migration, Skilling, Employment, New Service Economy, Bengaluru
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
Programmes > Urban and Mobility Studies
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 15:13
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 16:40
Official URL: https://www.epw.in/journal/2022/4/special-articles...
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    Funders: ICSSR
    Projects: India’s Changing Cityscapes: Work, Migration and Livelihoods
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/2237

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