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EY, the leading global professional services organization, today announced the launch of GigNow – an advanced technology platform that connects people seeking short-term employment arrangements or job flexibility, with relevant opportunities at EY in India. GigNow is part of a series of new global programs from EY designed to prepare the workforce and business for the future of work.
The trend of skilled professionals seeking flexible work arrangements has been prevalent in several countries the world over, bolstering the growth of the ‘Gig Economy’. It is relatively nascent in India, but expected to gather greater momentum. In fact, according to Future of Jobs in India, an EY report published in December 2017, Indians are beginning to consider new work arrangements such as freelancing, “Uber” models, and entrepreneur/self-employment models.
Sandeep Kohli, Partner and Talent Leader at EY, on the launch of GigNow in India, mentioned,
“Building a workforce for the future means recognizing that the employer and employee model itself is changing; people are looking for more flexibility in the workplace and the pool of contractor workers around the world continues to expand. We see GigNow as a strategic imperative to transform the way we attract the best talent. It enables us to systematically engage the right talent, for the right opportunities at the right time,”
This technology platform is built using agile methodologies which allows flexibility and frequent updates to meet EY’s needs now and in the future. The immersive experience also ensures quick on-boarding, so an individual can join a project across any location quickly and also begin to make impactful contribution in a shorter span of time. “The launch of GigNow will enable us to scale our talent base more quickly and easily in response to capacity and skills needs and plan for the evolution of our workforce. The platform will also help to drive innovation through diverse teams, as it will allow women, especially who take time off for family reasons, to leverage the ﬂexible gig working models”, added Sandeep.
The talent pool contracted through GigNow will further benefit from EY’s world-class learning, such as virtual courses from which they can earn valuable digital credentials for developing new skills and be future-ready. Moreover, the platform provides a single location for EY alumni to find new contractor opportunities for themselves and to refer high-quality contractor talent.