The Digital Hustle: Gig Worker Financial Lives Under Pressure, Indonesia Spotlight 2020

The Indonesia Spotlight 2020 of The Digital Hustle: Gig Worker Financial Lives Under Pressure examined how gig workers in the Indonesian informal economy – ridesharing drivers, online sellers, household services, and delivery workers – are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indonesia Spotlight August 2020 report, which includes survey responses from 586 Indonesian gig workers, is the third edition of a series from Flourish called The Digital Hustle: Gig Worker Financial Lives Under Pressure. Key findings from the report include:

  • Indonesia gig workers earning more than Rp 3 million per month (US$ 200) saw a sharp decline from 43% in March 2020 to only 5% in June/July 2020. Additionally, there was a huge surge in gig workers earning less than Rp 1 million ($70) from 8% in March 2020 to a whopping 55% in June/July 2020.
  • 74% of respondents are very concerned about COVID-19. Gig workers are more concerned about the impact on their livelihoods (52%) than their health (14%).
  • Jobs that require in-person interaction were more severely impacted. 71% of home health providers (such as those offering mobile massage), 65% of ridesharing drivers and 55% of delivery drivers lost income. Online sellers and other household workers such as housecleaners were less affected.
  • No earnings gap found between genders. The report showed that men and women were affected equally by the COVID-19 economic downturn in Indonesia. In other countries surveyed as part of The Digital Hustle series, women were disproportionately impacted.
  • Gig workers in big cities are the most severely affected. 63% of respondents lost income compared to 49% in smaller cities.
  • Indonesian gig workers are living on the edge. Close to 60% of respondents said that if they lost their main source of income, they could not cover household expenses for a month without borrowing money.

We partnered with research firm 60 Decibels and gig worker startup Sampingan to conduct the online survey of 586 Indonesian gig workers in June 2020.

Download the full Indonesia Spotlight 2020 here