In a recent report released by cybersecurity firm NordLayer, India has been placed 64th out of 108 countries for remote work. This represents a significant drop of 15 places compared to the previous year, and the cause appears to be subpar performance in four key criteria: cyber safety, economic safety, digital and physical infrastructure, and social safety.
Donatas Tamelis, the Managing Director at NordLayer, emphasized the importance of remote work, stating, “Remote work is here to stay. It’s not just a trend, but a fundamental shift in how we approach productivity and work-life balance.” This trend was further highlighted by the report, which took a close look at India’s remote work conditions.
India’s low ranking can be attributed to its poor performance across all four dimensions, particularly in digital and physical infrastructure (77) and social safety (74). The report identified India’s e-infrastructure as one of the least developed globally, placing it at the 95th position. India’s internet connection was deemed expensive (78th) and lacking in quality (70th).
Socially, India was characterized as one of the most isolating countries, with a low personal rights index (88) and an environment lacking inclusiveness (65). In the context of cyber and economic safety, India performed at average levels, with rankings of 56 and 55, respectively.
India is known for its cost-effective living, ranking third globally in this regard. However, the country’s healthcare system received a poor rating at 93. On a brighter note, India was recognized for its robust cyber infrastructure (13) and a decent response capacity (19).
In contrast, the top 10 countries on the Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) are Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Estonia, Lithuania, Ireland, and Slovakia.
As remote work continues to shape the modern work landscape, India will need to address its infrastructure and social safety concerns to remain competitive in this evolving environment.