Delhi Employment Survey 2020
Over the past few years, unemployment in India has been on the rise. This has further been aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic which has led to the loss of livelihood for millions across the world. As part of GNCTD's response to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Directorate of Economics and Statistics supported by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) conducted a survey to understand the impact of Covid on livelihoods in Delhi.
The DDC, through its research partner- IDInsight, supported the survey design and collection of high-quality data on employment/ unemployment in the city through two rounds of primary data collection. DDC extended support in managing the survey of 9,900 households, assisted in questionnaire design, maintained high data quality, and withdrew key takeaways and policy implications from an analysis of the survey's data. Simultaneously user feedback was also collected from those registered on the government's job portal to understand if the portal had been effective (i.e was able to provide jobs to residents) in its first 6 months.
The analysis of the employment survey highlighted how women, in particular, were disproportionately affected after the lockdown. Many entered the workforce but were unable to find jobs.
The employment survey, which has since then informed several key policy decisions of GNCTD, was aimed at understanding the impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in Delhi as well as the outcome of the Government's efforts to combat this rising unemployment. Using these results, the Delhi Government launched an initiative to start resource centres at 500 Anganwadis for women in Delhi. The survey also highlighted how the Delhi Government's Rozgar Bazaar portal was accessible (about 40% hadn't used a job portal before) but required more screening processes, and features to be effective.