The Indian EdTech sector has generated employment to the tune of 75,000+ jobs for the Indian workforce in just the past five years, according to data collected by the Indian EdTech Consortium (IEC) formed under the aegis of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). Over 50,000 professionals are currently part of the EdTech ecosystem.
The accelerated employment opportunity created by EdTech, which allows Indian professionals to create value globally, is particularly evident in the context of COVID-19 induced job losses in 2020. From an unemployment rate of 7.11% in the first phase, this has now declined to 6.57%, the lowest since March 2021 according to CMIE. The Indian start-up ecosystem has generated tremendous employment opportunities during challenging times and EdTech has emerged as a significant job creator as per IEC data gathered from its members.
The EdTech sector has been working on a two-pronged approach to improve overall employability and opportunities for the Indian workforce. While the sector itself has been hiring the best-in-class talent to drive business growth, EdTech companies also been training learners across the spectrum to secure better jobs through training and upskilling. In addition to direct employment, Indian EdTech companies have also been responsible for creating ancillary job opportunities to support business operations and growth.
Mayank Kumar, Co-Founder & MD, upGrad, and Chair of the IEC further added that “India’s EdTech sector has been extremely purpose-driven and is one of the most in-demand industries for multiple stakeholders. It has been at the forefront of creating and delivering excellence. Therefore, with the outcome-driven business approach we follow, we are sure to create the strongest employment pull within the country for propelling maximum economic growth”.
Divya Gokulnath, Co-Founder of BYJU’S and the Co-Chair of the IEC noted, “The aspirations of young India are infinite – both from metros and smaller towns across the country. We are glad to empower the youth with diversified job opportunities, helping secure their future while fulfilling their ambitions of innovating for India and the world. As global recognition for the potential of India’s EdTech ecosystem increases alongside investments and consolidation, we look forward to creating an inclusive job environment for millions of talented Indians. It’s an incredible opportunity to contribute to India’s potential, reputation, and GDP.”
The Internet and Mobile Association of India [IAMAI] is a young and vibrant association with ambitions of representing the entire gamut of digital businesses in India. It was established in 2004 by the leading online publishers, and in the last 17 years has come to effectively address the challenges facing the digital and online industry including mobile content and services, online publishing, mobile advertising, online advertising, ecommerce and mobile & digital payments among others.
Seventeen years after its establishment, the association is still the only professional industry body representing the online industry in India. The association is registered under the Societies Act and is a recognized charity in Maharashtra. With a membership of nearly 350 Indian and overseas companies, and with offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, the association is well placed to work towards charting a growth path for the digital industry in India.