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.
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