brian_singapore wrote:Our big indian outsourcers are flatly telling us they can't get any EPs approved for staff to work on-site in Singapore.
Not very surprising. This is going to put a big dent in the managed services company business models, and the gahmen has finally awakened to how disruptive to local employment that model is.
Waltz into a MNC... offer to do onsite support for 1/3 to 1/2 of current costs. Promise... cough, cough... that you'll include as many of the existing MNC employees in your new, low cost model support offerings.
Never happens, of course. Bring in Indians willing to work for 1/3 the salary of the displaced Singaporean. Or Malays, or Filipinos. No matter that they can't perform at the level of their former Singapore staff they replaced... the bean counters got what they wanted... cheap service... and screw the service quality.
Or, if they're not actually importing talent, they've tossed off the $6k to $8k tech staff who knew what they were doing and replaced them with $3k staff that couldn't operate as a clerk in a retail store, let alone handle a job with tech responsibilities.
On the whole, this is a good sign... the MNC's are the cheapest shits in the world when it comes to commodity services and they seem to be willing, over and over again, to accept shitty service to save a few dollars.
Maybe the gahmen can't stop the outsourcing of jobs that can be remotely performed (call centers in India and the Philippines with equally shitty service) but they can force the MNC's to hire local talent, at a reasonable wage, to fill local positions.
I'm all good with the body shoppers not getting EP's approved.