Re: [Nolug] Linux - The New 'Hot' Job Skill

From: Mark A. Hershberger <>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 20:39:44 -0400
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Mike Walker <> writes:

> Still, the good news is qualified: Many of those jobs can be done
> anywhere on the planet.

They say that like its a bad thing.

What happens when you make jobs available to skilled workers in a place
that is otherwise economically depressed? That is, when you outsource
to India, what happens to the pay of the Indian worker?

Their wages go up! They know you're using them because they're
dramatically cheaper. But they know you can pay more and they'll still
be cheaper. So they'll demand higher pay.

And if you won't pay them more, someone else, new to the outsourcing
scene, will. Which means you'll hire workers at your outsourced
facility and, thinking you're done, forget to watch the local market
there. They'll jump ship, and fast.

Rinse and repeat.

The cost of hiring an IT worker in India for U.S.-based projects is
rapidly approaching that of a U.S. IT worker.

So the only “qualification” on the good news is this: you are competing
against a bigger pool of people. Which means you actually have to
provide some value. Bad news if you've been coasting towards the day
when you can collect your pension.


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