Uber partners with the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment for National Career Service online portal.Mumbai | RNW | By Shashwati Shankar, ET Bureau | 4 Feb, 2016, 10.04 PM IST.
Uber signed a partnership with the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment. This will enable people who want to drive with Uber to sign up via theNational Career Service online portal - a one stop shop launched to connect those looking for work with career counsellors, placement organizations and employers. "We partnered with Uber to help people across India to become micro entrepreneurs as there is tremendous need for this kind of independent, flexible work", said Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary of Ministry of Labour and Employment. The Ministry of Labour and Employment wants to encourage micro-entrepreneurshipthrough technology platforms like Uber. They are offering an alternative to the growing use by employers of on-call scheduling, or zero-hours contracts—minimizing their labour costs by keeping workers on an unpredictable and ever-changing schedule. According to Uber, since they don't have any specific schedule lined up, workers work when they choose to. To help promote these opportunities it will create a new 'Start Your Own Business' page on its website that will market these opportunities. According to Uber, this will create an easy way for people signing up to drive with Uber, as well as have access to vehicle financing services in case they do not have a car. "It's great to partner with the government on new work opportunities that go beyond traditional employment.," said David Plouffe, Chief Advisor and Member, Board of Directors, Uber said, "We're committed to helping many thousands of people become micro-entrepreneurs so they can benefit from the new flexible, independent work that on demand platforms make possible". Founded in 2009, Uber is present in over 361 cities in 66 countries today. In India the service is available in 26 Indian cities, more than any other country outside the United States.