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The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Formal Sector Crisis in IT and ITeS

The information technology and information technology-enabled services sector in India have largely been opaque, with little known about its social profile, work conditions, and office culture. The sector hides its everyday workings behind massive revenue figures and the number of jobs in the organised sector it has created. What slips through the cracks is the precarious nature of these permanent jobs and the shocking ineffectiveness of employee protections. These vulnerabilities, built into the employment and work culture of the sector, acquired a nightmarish quality during the COVID-19 pandemic. With most IT companies being forced to shift their employees to work-from-home formats, it is crucial to study how these vulnerabilities have affected the latter. This paper draws upon media reports, a short online survey, and telephonic interviews to highlight the working conditions in the IT and ITeS sector, the experience of working from home, and the overall state of its permanent employment.

Wages in the Shadow of Welfare

City of Shadows: Slums and Informal Work in Bangalore by S RoyChowdhury, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021; pp 231, ₹ 895 (hardcover).

Income Distribution and Aggregate Demand in the Indian Economy

Does there exist a trade-off between labour income share and output growth rate? Or does a reduction in the wage share reduces the output growth rate? These questions remain central for analysing the impact of change in income distribution on the output growth rate. Since the dilution and suspension of labour laws involve exogenous changes in income distribution, the impact of such policies would depend on the relationship between income distribution and aggregate demand. This paper attempts to lay bare this relationship for the Indian economy through an empirical analysis of India’s macro data and a theoretical model based on the regression results.

Loss of Job, Work, and Income in the Time of COVID-19

The counter-intuitive nature of the results of the Periodic Labour Force Survey 2019–20 is unravelled by arguing that in a situation of exogeneous shock, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the poor and vulnerable working people will be forced to engage in some kind of economic activity for sustaining...

The Craft and Lifeworld of Artist and Art in Society

Perspectives on Work, Home, and Identity from Artisans in Telangana: Conversations Around Craft by Chandan Bose, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019; pp 311, ¤93.59.

A New Sociology Awaits Us

Classes of Labour: Work and Life in a Central Indian Steel Town by Jonathan P Parry (in collaboration with Ajay T G), New Delhi: Social Science Press, 2019; pp xxx + 702 (biblio+index), ₹ 1,850.

Work and Gender: A European Perspective

The European Union recognises equal opportunities for men and women to be at the heart of the reformation of the labour market. Member states have committed themselves to equality for the sexes at the workplace. This should be accompanied by the adoption of a gender mainstreaming approach to improve employability and encourage adaptability of businesses and employees, to reduce the disadvantaged status of women at the workplace.
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