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October 19, 2005

Software blog tells of engineer shortage in India

Stephen Baker

Kevin Barnes, a software engineer in Bangalore blogs the on-the-ground travails of hunting for software engineers there.

Salient points:

* "The practical reality is that anyone in India who can spell Java already has a job."

* "More experienced engineers do exist, especially a fairly sizable group that lived in the US and has returned to India, but the demand curve for the best of these is such that they may get paid as much as ten times what a fresh graduate gets paid."

* "The problem is purely economic. The demand has outstripped the supply for good engineers and as a result people who have no love for code (or even any like for it) have rushed in to fill the gap."

Interestingly, I received a link to this story from Stephen Haberman, a young programmer and entrepreneur I profiled last year in a story about the job competition with India.

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If Kevin's point is about passion for code, hence wanting to be a software engineer, I found this on Craigslist. Someone looking for a blogger who could write about working in a call centre in India.

i blogged about it here:

Posted by: Nishad at October 19, 2005 09:36 PM

How long will it be until India imposes a visa quota on the millions of US citizens trying to emigrate to India for the higher salaries?

5 years, 10 years? It will happen...

Posted by: Mike at October 20, 2005 01:16 AM

kindly send me literature on outsourcing , telecoomunicationsince i'm writing an article on it


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Posted by: Rajneesh b sharma at October 20, 2005 06:49 AM

QUOTA MENACE: i suppose the real intelligent people will be totally against the present politically - motivated quota system. this is just going to increase discrimination more within the people of india which i am quite sure is ms. sonia gandhi's plan. i appeal the guys from reservation castes to come ahead and oppose it. they should demand facilities on their merit and not on reservations which just demean them.

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