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Saturday January 19th 2019

Dilemma facing the shortage of IT experts and the Indian outsourcing vehicle

The 10,000 figure counts only Indians working for the big Indian outsourcing companies, usually brought in here from India through company transfer.

The article talks specifically about the interests of the Indian outsourcing industry. They don’t give a shit about the actual Indians who work here in the tech industry who are either directly hired by locally registered body shopping companies or hired locally.

These outsourcing companies usually do most work offshore, yet they need some presence onsite like 20% and usually people who are experienced offshore in the same team are best placed to move onsite to support and moreover try hiring a local for IT in Singapore. Even the Jobsbank is a hog wash.

Just to give you an example. There was a internal perm position open in my company. The manager is a Singaporean and he prefers locals, yet he didn’t get any local. He then opened up to foreigners in Singapore, mostly Indians. These guys too were expecting the moon for salary like 10k for a run of the mill IT position.

Finally through referral we are planning to get a person from India ready to work for less than $7k. It is a win-win he gets a life and the company saves money too.

So bottom line is Singapore faces serious talent shortage, not just local talent but even foreign talent here are suspect quality with sky high expectations, because most people who already have a good job won’t move unless forced to. People who lose jobs have to quit Singapore in a month.

Editor’s note: The article is retrieved from comments posted on Singapore Expats.

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3 Responses to “Dilemma facing the shortage of IT experts and the Indian outsourcing vehicle”

  1. uym says:

    it’s always about $$$, isn’t it ?

  2. solution says:

    If you prefer a Singaporean, why not go for PCP? Set up a training programme and get an unemployed PMET for intern and train the Singaporean to be ready in 6-12 months for perm job in your company? If nobody wants to train and only wants “plug and play” like MOM LSS says, then unemployed Singaporean PMETs will forever be unemployed while companies will continue to lobby for FTs.

  3. Ali says:

    Gilbert, I heard that the Government is digitizing itself at this moment. You know, this is a great opportunity for the Government to solve the PMET unemployment and restructure the economy at the same time.

    First, we have to agree that by embarking on this, we will become India’s direct competitor and the CECA is screwed. We have more to gain from doing this.

    First, even the American’s can’t get anything from India’s protectionist multilayered government, who do we think we are?

    Next, the CECA has been badly abused by these South Asians, like how they abused the H1B etc VISAs. There are so many of them outside the approved list of professions, like HR, library, education lecturing/admin, recruitment consultants, etc etc. South Asians have been abusing any kind of systems since I don’t know when. The refugee system, work visa systems, tourist visa and then disappearing into the countries schemes, etc. There are like scavengers, once you let a few in, they will overwhelm you with numbers and drown you with their voices and appetite.

    Third, IT is going to be in everything in the future. Either we start training our own and have a strong core, or have to start buying all kinds of systems we have little control over. And the current softwares like SAP etc have become so laggy with high system requirements, there are a lot of opportunities for Singapore to create new platforms and form new companies to “save the world”.

    Lastly, Singapore is still one of the world’s financial centers. India cannot compete with us as we can start by selling to the banks and private entities here. The SMEs have to step up to the plate too. They have been like the scavenging South Asians for too long. They need to become the next pillar for Singapore to flourish and stand up to our geo-political challenges.

    We need to become the next IT center of the world. India is in retreat and in danger of losing many jobs. USA, London, HK, etc are all coming down hard on their “outsourcing” and VISA abuse. If we do not take this opportunity, then we can just blame ourselves if India or some other country managed to find another model and perhaps steal our financial center status along with it.

    The time is now, and India is no longer an ally but a competitor we must beat. They can be our friend, but we must be resolute in our commitment to our own future instead of theirs. Like PM says, everyone fights for their own lunch. We need to stop giving away free lunch and help our own people and country.

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