Tech capital Bengaluru is one of the country’s biggest destinations for blue-collar migrantsattracting as much as 5-7 million of the estimated 120 million blue-collar workers moving in search of jobs from villages to tier I and tier II cities. Most of the country’s migrant workers hail from Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Bihar and some of the other northern and north-eastern states, according to a survey on the blue-collar workforce by HRtech startup BetterPlace.
The numbers are set to swell, despite the spread of anti-migrant sentiment. “92% of this segment is unorganised but many sectors here are growing at 20%-plus annually. While Delhi and Mumbai were the most popular places for such migrants earlier, there is a big shift towards Bengaluru among new blue-collar migrants,” said BetterPlace CEO Pravin Agarwala. Sreeradha D. Basu takes a closer look at the findings of the survey based on data from over 500 employers with a total of 2 million employees.