The country is trying to breathe back to life while simultaneously fighting to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Before the pandemic hit us, much of our urban life revolved around work and commutes but the pandemic driven lockdown upturned both. Thousands and thousands of Indian have lost jobs during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and continue to worry about job security as the pandemic situation in the country takes a turn for the worse.
Covid-induced remote-working culture has made the workplace desolate as the majority of the workforce continues to work from home. As per the reports published by CMIE (Centre For Monitoring Indian Economy), more jobs are being added in Urban India in the past few weeks. That means that even amid the pandemic, new companies and jobs are sprouting across India.
As working from home becomes the new normal, people are migrating back to their town/ or small cities, which is likely to change the development trajectory of many urban cities. However, to work efficiently from home, you need to have the required infrastructure to enable you to work.
So, to help you in your search to find the right home to create your workstation, we have curated a list of the best cities from where you can work amid the pandemic.
1. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
On top of our list is the city of Mughals and Nizams, Hyderabad. It is not only known for its magnificent monuments and cuisine but also as the up and coming tech center of the nation. The culture of the city is an amalgamation of migrated people coming from different parts of the country. The city is brimming with job opportunities, houses a great infrastructure and excellent accommodation options for you. With all this, you can comfortably work from home while slipping on Hyderabadi lassi on a hot summer day.
In addition to that, Hyderabad is one of the safest cities in the country and is home of many tech multinational companies like Deloitte, Amazon, IBM and more. And despite all that the city is offering, the rent here isn’t high and you can easily find a place to call home in no time. Even the positive coronavirus cases are less than other major cities, with no shortage of ICUs, Ventilators and Hospital beds.
2. Bangalore, Karnataka
The city has the power to draw you towards it, thanks to its serene lakes, beautifully crafted parks and high-tech infrastructure. Bangalore which is also widely known as the “ Silicon Valley of India” is perfect in itself with unmatched work-life balance, entertainment and pleasant weather. Even during the pandemic, the IT sector continued to grow tremendously and created ample job opportunities. And, working from home helps you try your hands at these opportunities while avoiding the infamous Bangalore traffic jams.
The IT capital of India also prides itself as being one of the safest places, while giving you access to ‘n’ number of job opportunities.The number of covid-19 positive cases are not alarmingly high with the city being equipped to fight against any major outbreak. All the major corporations have an office in the city and continue to invest heavily on infrastructure and technology. In terms of housing, there is an option for everyone and you can easily find multiple options to choose from. However, when it comes to rent, Bangalore isn’t as cheap as Delhi but still you can find a home within your budget.
3. Mumbai, Maharashtra
Popularly known as “The City of Dreams”, Mumbai is marked as both the financial and entertainment capital of India. Being the biggest contributor to the country’s GDP, the city offers great amenities for dwellers like clean water, transportation, great accommodation, healthcare and work opportunities.The city offers urban job-seekers with an abundance of opportunities to work and make a livelihood. Although Mumbai is one of the worst stricken cities, it continues to fight the COVID-19 outbreak and has all the resources to make sure its people are safe, while still adding more and more opportunities in the job market. And, you can make the most out of it without stepping out from the safety of your home and putting yourself at risk.
There is no hiding the fact that Mumbai is one of the most expensive cities in the country and the rent here is obnoxiously high. However, given the kind of gold opportunities you can find in the city, you are bound to get paid higher, which might help you pay the rent without putting a dent in your pocket.
The capital of the country, Delhi is constantly ranked as one of the best cities to live and work in. From the crowded bazaars of Old Delhi to the hallowed corridors of power in Parliament House, Delhi is where the action happens.With corporate explosions in neighbouring Gurugram and Noida has brought a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity to the city. The political capital has grown into one of the economic capitals of the country, riding on the IT boom, Delhi today has one of the highest per capita incomes. Filled with life and bursting with opportunity, Delhi is one of the best cities to work in. In terms of coronavirus, both the state and the central government is taking all the required measures to control the spread of coronavirus in the capital.
When it comes to standard of living, then Delhi has the cheapest rent out of all the other cities on this list. You can easily rent an apartment here without risking going broke by the end of the month. And as the city continues to grow, so does the number of job opportunities. However, when it comes to safety, especially women safety, the city might disappoint you but with safety measures put by the companies and government, that soon will change.
5. Pune, Maharashtra
Pune, nicknamed the “Oxford of the East”, Pune has become a hub of cosmopolitanism and ease of life. The city plays host to many Fortune 500 companies, including various IT companies, research-based industries, technology-based industries and automotive industry. and successful start-ups. Many people move to this city, live here for years because of the many job opportunities and great lifestyle that the city has to offer you, which makes it one of the best places to work. And, even though the city is fighting the second wave of coronavirus, it is making sure that its people have access to all the necessary resources available.
Pune is the city which has everything for everyone, from work opportunities to accommodation, you will get plenty of options to choose from. The city is student friendly, which means that you can enjoy a good standard of living without spending too much.
Moving to a different city requires a lot of research as there are many things that you need to take care of before making a move, especially during the pandemic. For someone who is going to join the job circuit, it is important to choose a city where jobs provide a combination of good work and life balance, promising salary growth and amazing future opportunities.