LAHORE - Punjab’s youth facing unemployment has stepped into the world of freelancing to earn money and support their families.

Freelancing has become a new attraction for the youth in the province after launch of e-Rozgaar Programme by the government. At least 10,000 youngsters will complete training under CM’s e-Rozgaar Programme at 24 centres across Punjab by February 2018.  The average rate of income is $91.29 per order whereas the highest value order has been of $1,000 and total earnings of $9,000 approximately, according to PITB.

International Data Group (IDG) 2014 report claims 40 percent of Pakistanis are self-employed. This year International Monitoring Fund forecasted a slight increase in unemployment ratio from 6pc to 6.1pc in the 2017 fiscal year.  According to latest Payoneer Freelancer Income Survey, freelancers in Pakistan are working 34 hours per week.  Worldwide young freelancers charge $19 hourly rate. At the same time, elder freelancers earn even more.

Regardless of their own location, more than two-thirds of freelancers work for clients based in North America, and half of them work for clients based in Europe.  On the other hand, “The world average is 36 hours per week (7.2 hours per day for a five-day work week). There is no data available about Pakistan freelancers.  Sarah Khan said, who is doing PhD in chemistry, said: “I am earning up to Rs50,000 per month. Sarah is housewife, who hails from Faisalabad, said the experience of training at PITB e-rozgar programme was ‘outstanding’.

She attained her training at IT lab sponsored by PITB at Government College University, Madina Town, district Faisalabad.   Sabir Hussain, from Gujarat said he was jobless after completing BBA. But, he added he earns $500 per month through freelancing .  Helma Kusuma, Communications Manager (Asia) for Freelancher.com said out of over 900 thousand users from Pakistan, more than 800 thousand users have registered as freelancers on Freelancer.com.