Enrollment By The Government In The 2nd Digi Skills Freelancers Program

The popularity of freelancing is credited to the prospects for more job opportunities, personal autonomy, higher earnings, and a hopeful move towards wage equality.

Web and graphic design were chosen as the most prevalent freelancing field by both men and women in Pakistan.

Pakistani freelancers rely heavily on Facebook and LinkedIn for social media advertising. Even so, as per Payoneer, Facebook marketing messages will be down compared to earlier years in 2020, while LinkedIn will be up by 1% from 2018.

Despite the increase of co-working spots in the country, 81 percent of Pakistani freelancers chose to work from home.

Pakistan has continuously ranked among the top five freelancing markets in the world. It is now time for our small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to expand well outside boundaries and push Pakistan's digital economy.

More people are considering freelancing as a full-time career rather than a part-time gig, which is a significant improvement. This also means a broader range of opportunities for our youth, as well as an overall impact on digital Pakistan.

Freelancers from all kinds of backgrounds and all edges of the globe can find work, set their wages, trade their skills, and be paid how and when they want.

One of the report's more upbeat findings was that women's participation in the freelance workforce had been increasing, and the median earnings for females were leaps and bounds ahead of the general workforce. Female freelancers earned 84 percent of men's earnings among all forms, and yet there is room for growth, the difference is much narrower than the World Economic Forum's 64 percent average for all workers.

Government initiative

With the popularity and positive reasons for freelancing, the government takes steps to promote it by providing appropriate courses to people who have the potential to be freelancers.

The Ministry of Information, Technology, and Telecommunications (MITT) have launched the second phase of the DigiSkills Training Program (DSTP 2.0), with the goal of training one million freelancers in the Enrollment in the second phase's Batch-01 will begin on Tuesday, 4 January, and will last until 31 January, according to a press release from the platform.

Overall 250,000 seats are available on this batch, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if the total number of seats is filled before this date, enrollments will be closed and no additional seats will be provided,"

For registrations, students must ensure that they enroll in one of the two courses of their choice, as registration is considered enrollment.

For first-timers, enrollment in the Freelancing course is required. They have the option of selecting a second course of their choice. Additionally, trainees from the last batches are eligible to participate in phase II of the training program. Such students may enroll in any two courses of their preference without being told to take the Freelancers course. 

The first batch of classes will begin on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

These courses will help people to boost up their abilities in freelancing.