Life of a Food Delivery Boy in India: Surprising Facts

There is no story of a season, climate or situation. They get paid only if they do work. Food delivery boy jobs in India would not have leaves, week offs etc. However they get bonuses if they work on festival days.

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According to a research, around 30 to 40 lakh food delivery boys in India perform their duties regularly. For most of them it’s their sole income source.

And almost every food delivery boy in India has different story to share, goes through hardships and have challenges to face. In this article, we have listed out some facts about their lives.

30 to 40 Lakh Food Delivery Boys in India

There are around 30 to 40 lakh people who deliver food across India and surprisingly food delivery job is the main income for most of them. They work for more than 15 hours a day. They are not treated as regular employees too.

These food delivery boys have no job security. They don’ t have any holidays either. Companies like Uber Eats, Big Basket, Grofers, Swiggy, Zomato deliver food in India.

How much do they earn?

The delivery boys who work for 15 hours a day earn up to Rs. 15,000 to 20,000/- per month. This is the average monthly income of a food delivery boy who work for Swiggy or Zomato.

Things mandatory for the job

The delivery boy must have a two wheeler and a smartphone to get this job.

Work hours

In a research, it is found that 18% of food delivery boys work for more than 15 hours a day and 47% of them work for 12 hours a day.

No Work, No Pay

There is no story of a season, climate or situation. They get paid only if they do deliveries. Food delivery boy jobs in India would not have leaves, week offs etc. However they get bonuses if they work on festival days.

Penalties

The delivery boys are penalized if 5 orders are rejected in a week. They have to pay a penalty of Rs. 500/-. They are also penalized if they do not dress according to the dress code of the company. Another Rs. 500/- penalty will be imposed.

Not treated as regular employees

The delivery boys are not treated as regular employees. They won’t get any benefits from the company like other regular employees. On top of everything their life also is at greater risk as they have to ride fast to deliver the food on time.

Youth opt for this job

70% of the food delivery boys in India are in the age group of 18 to 30. It is a matter of concern that 70% of the youth are working as delivery boys, where there is no job security and even after years of work, they can not save anything for themselves.

Unfortunately, there is no rule or law for food delivery boy jobs in India.

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Ben Chintada
Ben Chintada
Ben is a Sr. Journalist at Avaaz24. He heads the team of Investigative and Data Journalists. Prior to his Media & Advertising career, he was into the IT Industry. He is fascinated with producing stories on political trends and activism.

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