Bangladesh is the second most favorite country in supplying online laborers. [as on 2017]
This is revealed in a study of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford. The result of the study, published in the Oxford Internet Institute web site, put India ahead of Bangladesh and the United States on the third position.
India as the largest overall supplier of online laborers shares 24.0 percent of the total global online workers followed by Bangladesh with 16.0 percent and the United States with 12.0 percent. Apart from the US, countries like Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Russia, Italy, and Spain are lagging behind Bangladesh.
“The Internet has created a global market for digitally delivered freelance work, which is currently growing rapidly… the top occupational category in the United States is writing and translation, while in the Indian subcontinent it is software development and technology.
The map is based on near-real-time data from four of the largest platforms connecting buyers and sellers of online freelance work,” the article added.
The Online Labour Index worker supplement is collected from four of the largest online labor platforms, also known as online freelancing or online outsourcing platforms: Fiverr, Freelancer, Guru, and PeoplePerHour.
Written by Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, an associate professor and senior research fellow, the article was made based on Online Labour Index top occupation by country, 1-6 July 2017.
Different countries’ workers focus on different occupations. The software development and technology category is dominated by workers from the Indian subcontinent, who command a 55 percent market share. The professional services category, which consists of services such as accounting, legal services, and business consulting, is led by UK-based workers with a 22 percent market share.
Of the total percentage of online labor, Bangladesh is ahead of all the countries in sales and marketing support, with significant contribution to software development and technology, creative and multimedia and clerical and data entry.