Delhi – freelance-friendly city

The coronavirus pandemic has given a certain nudge to the idea of freelance work in India.

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This has largely been possible because work-from-home became the rule rather than the exception the world over. Some gig economy workers, for whom the concept of a physical office was redundant, to begin with, were better acclimated to this change. But even though the world embraced remote working as Covid-19 cases continue to rise, not every country and city has been equally rewarding for freelance work.

For instance, Delhi in India ranks 21 in the list of the top 30 cities for freelance workers, according to a study by Carphone Warehouse, a UK-based mobile phone retail and services company. Based on 10 metrics, which include monthly income, rent, public transportation, and internet speeds, this list rates 30 countries that offer the best quality of life for a freelance worker.

The world’s 30 best cities for freelancers

RankCountryCity
1USAAustin, Texas
2ThailandChiang Mai
3GermanyBerlin
4SpainBarcelona
5AustraliaMelbourne
6FranceToulouse
7CanadaMontréal
8UAEDubai
9ColombiaMedellín
10NorwayOslo
11New ZealandAuckland
12NetherlandsAmsterdam
13Hong KongHong Kong
14UKLondon
15IsrealTel Aviv-Yafo
16ArgentinaBuenos Aires
17IndonesiaCanggu, Bali
18ChileSantiago
19PakistanLahore
20South AfricaCape Town
21IndiaDelhi
22RussiaSaint Petersburg
23BrazilSão Paulo
24SerbiaBelgrade
25UkraineKiev (Kyiv)
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Delhi consistently ranked low on various parameters such as monthly salary and leisure activities score. Internet speed, the lifeline of remote workers, was also a sticking point.

Delhi was also among the worst performers when it came to the commute dissatisfaction index, ranking marginally better than Nairobi in Kenya and Dhaka in Bangladesh. These values had a direct impact on a city’s quality of life index, where Delhi ranks low.

Internet speed, rent, and quality of life in the world’s most freelance-friendly cities

RankCityMonthly salaryCommute dissatisfaction indexInternet speedLeisure activities scoreQuality of life index
1Austin, Texas£3,688457137100%191
2Chiang Mai£4252613680%126
3Berlin£2,18846291100%166
4Barcelona£1,298115133100%140
5Melbourne£2,3221,81043100%178
6Toulouse£1,97122514080%168
7Montréal£2,0541,54312680%168
8Dubai£2,4251,3659660%157
9Medellín£2281,0993280%120
10Oslo£2,40924912380%163
11Auckland£1,98998111160%167
12Amsterdam£2,46310211380%169
13Hong Kong£2,2392,362170100%99
14London£2,6063,48368100%126
15Tel Aviv-Yafo£2,0419138490%149
16Buenos Aires£4464,8404180%112
17Canggu, Bali£166302180%95
18Santiago£5031589340%111
19Lahore£1724721060%107
20Cape Town£8272,8093180%

In contrast, cities in developing countries such as Pakistan, Colombia, Ukraine, Russia, and India performed better on the cost of living index. Delhi also ranked the third cheapest country in terms of monthly rent, while Hong Kong was the most expensive.

Interestingly, Delhi had the highest number of co-working spaces among the cities on the list, revealing a clear appetite and potential for the flexi-work culture.

Cities with the most co-working spaces in the world for freelancers

CityCo-working spaces
Delhi714
London509
Hong Kong422
Manila411
Barcelona331
Melbourne258
Berlin243
Cairo226
Dubai209
São Paulo208
Buenos Aires169
Lahore144
Amsterdam133
Montréal125
Medellín122
Santiago122
Nairobi106
Kiev (Kyiv)92
Cape Town80
Austin, Texas75

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