Freelancing, a platform of IT-based work, has now become a most reliable platform among young people in search of jobs.
People can work both online and offline and earn over $ 100 million annually. With the help of the present government’s various initiatives, web and internet access to the most parts of the country is creating chances and opportunities among the unemployed people to get work and earn a handsome amount. According to the Bangladesh Association for Software and Information Services (BASIS) information, there are now more than 5.5 lakh freelancers working through different freelance marketplaces.
However, the number of freelancers as per the Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology ministry information is over 6 lakh, engaged in freelancing and counting.
But due to institutional educational support, the sector has already started suffering as a good number of freelancers are now stepping backward. As experts say, there are vast work opportunities in freelancing, but first, skill and language competency need to be taken care of first.
Brain Station 23 institution, providing services through software and mobile app development, AR and VR application development, Cloud and Cyber Solution for local and offshore clients say, Bangladesh has significant cost benefits of outsourcing services compared to India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and many other countries.
Rezaul Karim, project director of Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies for Growth, Employment and Governance told Bangladesh Post, IT-based work totally depends on foreign languages, especially English. In our facilitating courses we kept 60 hours only for language competency to total 230 hours.
Before identifying anyone as freelancer, they have to pass ‘Nescom Test’ as per our syllabus, and it requires 85 percent attendance as a must for any student, he added Sabbir Ahmed, an IT management professional said, the country’s universities and colleges are producing around 15,000 fresh graduates in IT-related areas every year, and many of them have acquired professional vendor certifications like Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper, Oracle, Linux, Hp, Dell etc to meet the global competence.
At present, business is not limited to local boundaries, with the rising possibilities of hiring and lending jobs taking place over the internet geographically. Individually or groupwise, reliable sources are working to make the sector more vibrant.
A large number of enthusiastic and skilled people with proper communication skills is helping Bangladesh grow faster technologically during the last one decade. Even the number of software products in the country, maintaining global standard, is also rising.