June 08, 2016

'Main workers' across religions see a dip says Times of India

[What the Hell is the Main Worker ? a bizzare invention by this Times of India chap. I suppose he means people with tenure and formal jobs - editor, Communalism Watch]

The Times of India
'Main workers' across religions see a dip
| TNN |

NEW DELHI: Among all religious communities, the share of people working as 'main workers', that is, those who worked for most part of the year, declined between 2001 and 2011 while the share of 'marginal workers' - those not getting work for more than six months a year - increased. The share of people who were not working at all, mainly women, increased in all communities.

The proportion of people in each religious community seeking or available for work, too, showed an uptick. It was marginal among Christians and Jains, and staggeringly high among 'other' religious groups, mainly tribal communities.

These findings were recorded in 2011 by the census enumeration, and released on June 7, 2016. Although over five years have passed since this data on nature of work was collected, the Registrar General of India - as the census office is know - has released it only n ow.

While 44% of the working age population were main workers and 14% marginal workers, a staggering 42% were 'non-workers'. The vast bulk of these were women looking after domestic duties. This trend was reflected across various religious communities. Sikh and Jain communities had the lowest proportion of marginal workers but the highest share of non-workers. This is due to the lower participation of women in even marginal work, rendering them non-workers.

Interestingly, the census data includes numbers for those who were seeking or available for work among both the marginal workers as well as non-workers.

At the country level, the proportion of such work seekers had increased from 11% in 2001 to 15% in 2011. This trend was visible across all communities with share of work seekers among Muslims and Christians touching 16%.