Software developers, I’ve got one word for you: www.yourjobisgoingtoindia.com
They’re cheap. Everyone focuses on this. After all, eight developers for the price of one is hard to argue with — it’s a veritable Wal-Mart of developers over there.
Microsoft’s India Development Center (IDC) is growing like gangbusters […] One of IDC’s main goals is to replicate the successful software development model of the Redmond campus. And Microsoft’s just one example — everybody’s doing this. The 2.3 IT companies that aren’t are going to start next month.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. And prepare to train your replacement on your way out.
I’ve exaggerated a little. Not all of us will lose our jobs, of course. Just most of us. Those left behind will have much lower salaries. The math is simple — the inevitability, manifest. You can choose to deny it or try to defy it, but it doesn’t make the laws of supply and demand any less true.
The author is a software development manager at Microsoft.
I’ve always wanted to be a truck driver, or a librarian.