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Marriage prospects not so good for IT pros in India

A recent report says that parents in India are discouraging marriages between their daughters and IT pros due to the gloomy economic forecast.

A recent report says that parents in India are discouraging marriages between their daughters and IT pros due to the gloomy economic forecast.

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There are days when I come in and think that there couldn't possibly be anything new under the sun as far as IT career goes. But then I have a day like today when I get my workforce.com newsletter in my inbox. This was the lead story:

IT Careers May Threaten Marriage Proposals

The mounting threat of global recession has some Indian brides-to-be and their parents rethinking marriage to software engineers and other information technology professionals. A report in the Malaysian Sun cites several examples of parents who say they would prefer that their daughters seek beaus who work in industries other than information technology. Some parents reportedly won’t even consider marriage proposals for their daughters that are offered by IT professionals, citing fears that an enduring recession would threaten the would-be couples’ livelihoods.

So now I’m confused. The folks in India are afraid of losing all their outsourcing contracts due to the poor economy, while IT pros in the U.S. are afraid the poor economy means that most of their jobs will be offshored? Whose perception is right here?

Let's take a poll and see if we can get a snapshot of outsourcing plans.

 

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13 comments
primuskannan
primuskannan

IT professionals in India are the most highly paid among the salaried class so as to speak. Thus they were considered a good catch for prospective m-in-laws and vice versa. With the reported downtrend among the finance sector and the related sectors, TCS, InfoSys and other bellweather companies are nervous and put on hold promotions and campus recruitments and this put the matrimonial plans in a tailspin.

MrDutyman
MrDutyman

This comment was removed for being inappriopate. - Tammy Message was edited by: tcavadias

davidt
davidt

For other reasons, primarily the weird hours and the on-call weekends. And the pay isn't as good as, say, the average plumber.

jdclyde
jdclyde

for the males to follow their loins and get into another field, so they can have a more fulfilling life. If someone said to me when I was just starting out that being in IT would mean no babes, I would have found something else to do with my time.

Shriks
Shriks

I am very amused and entertained by the feedback on this topic. The topic of marriage to IT pros has not found high press here, though yes, people in India are VERY discriminatory when it comes to marriages, families, customs, traditions - in short, discrimination happens in India across the board.. foetal sex determination is THE biggest blotch.. Nevertheless, being in India, as a Project Manager, in the IT industry, I do agree that there are huge issues in how the local policies and population has taken to outsourcing jobs... simple reasons - 1. responding in a manner they were not conditioned to... 2. not understanding the reactions of the customers either, - basically communication and empathy are found lacking... but India took the risk and also acted as a model for other nations to take to outsourcing... but in 20/20 hindsight, the experiment of IT outsourcing has been definitely not successful.. for most stake holders. Maybe other industries that are outsourcing, can benefit from these failure lessons. :) and hey, marriages are made in Heaven they say, so the economy is just helping destiny chart its course :>

santeewelding
santeewelding

Good thing that in your confusion you are not in charge of those curing the crisis. Wait a minute. Isn't confusion already their very problem? Now, I'm confused. We're all gonna die.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

We tried to offshore a small scale programming project. The failure was epic. Asides from the expected communication issues we also had issues with staff turnover (75% team turnover on their end during project), time overages (directly linked to getting new members up to speed) and cost issues (not direct costs; but payback period got pushed due to repeated delays). On the plus side, this helped clear the way for the allocation of additional staff and assets (Pain Principle...higher ups feel enough pain, the wallets loosen). Oh, and in terms of the marriage proposals falling apart, I am strumming a little tune on the world's smallest violin in the honor of the impacted!! ;)

JamesRL
JamesRL

Offshoring was done as a limited experiment, and the results were judged as wanting. All this was prior to our current economic crisis. While they have not closed the Indian shop, there will be no expansion, and there have been expanisions in the US. The new trend is to open call centres in lower cost areas, away from major urban centres, where both wages and cost of living is less expensive. James

swheeler
swheeler

I think parents are experiencing an emotional reaction to the current financial crisis. Reality points to the necessity of IT maintenance and improvement, increasing job security for IT professionals. New jobs may dwindle and IT spending diminish but currently employed IT professionals should be able to maintain gainful employment. Job responsibilities could increase as staffing gets tight, but overall I don't see IT jobs experiencing a hard hit from our current financial condition.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Of course when we westerners read such a story we look at it through our own eyes. We forget the role of the family in choosing spouses etc. I've read a few interesting stories of people who are first generation Canadian, whose parents live in Canada, but who migrated from India or Pakistan, and who go back to their relatives in the "old" world to look for their families help in finding a suitable spouse. Lots of cuklture shock, even if the kids do know the language. You are also correct about the issues around outsourcing, particularly i the help desk area. The comments we got back were around not understanding north american business practises, lack of empathy etc. The other big factor was turnover, in our complex application market it takes us 6 months to train someone, and often they would leave before being productive. The remnant that is working are the people in India assigned to technical work, such as upgrading server components and software. Thats reuiqres only technical ability, and the time difference works in their favour, as the tasks need to be done after hours anyway. James

ozchorlton
ozchorlton

Your survey will have results, that are incorrect, as people who's companys do not outsource, will have the use the, 'about the same' option, when the are not outsourcing!

Shriks
Shriks

rightly said about forgetting the family aspects.. but most often, if we go back into History, we know why we are the way we are... it works in almost ALL aspects of our lives.. but then, as we know, human memory is getting shorter and shorter :> the Indian culture had a royal past, where kings and kingdoms chose heirs in Prince and Princesses and their grooms based on the royalty quotient; this called for princesses to select their dark knight on the white horse based on what daddy told her about the prince and his hailing kingdom... the tradition got transferred to the subjects of the kingdom too... and thus came this tradition.. but today, we all are in a melting pot, and what Alvin Toffler suggested in the Third wave, makes myth look real. Nevertheless, it is a case of forcing things down ones throat just because some guy somewhere made sure that the world looks only at money as the underlying factor for life to continue on this planet... otherwise, life till the 90s was pretty much better than what it is and will be :> lets go colonize and outsource plots of real estate craters on the moon and eat it up now...

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