India: Where Are All the Tech Workers?

Ann All

With foreign technology companies eager to invest in operations in India, perhaps it's no surprise that the country's supply of qualified labor can't keep up with the booming demand.


A shortage of employees with the right kinds of skills -- including fluency in English and management experience -- has been a festering problem for India, along with rising wages that threaten to remove much of its labor cost advantage, an inadequate urban infrastructure and growing attrition rates.


A recent New York Times article lays out just how severe the labor shortage could become. The country's National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom), which normally prefers to keep its news positive, predicts the tech workforce will be a half million short to fill the 1.7 million jobs expected to be available by 2010.


Doubt the numbers? Here's all we had to hear to understand the seriousness of the situation: Even Google is having trouble recruiting in the country.

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