The New Face of Outsourcing
Folks, this is the new face of outsourcing. In the future, if you love a certain job (okay, maybe not call-center type stuff) you willl have to go where that job can be performed at a world-competitive wage. Jobs that can be outsourced are likely to move where the labor is the cheapest in order to offer the goods and services at the lowest price to consumers and maximize corporate profit. Welcome to the brave new world!
Before anyone gets too upset about this, I should point out some obvious benefits of accepting this part of outsourcing. Many foreigners travel and enjoy living in other countries. Outsourcing allows them to take jobs that otherwise wouldn't be available to them. The travellers/expats benefit from this as well as the companies that would seek to employ them. Just think, those call centers benefit from having native speakers work for them instead of paying them to teach the workers English. The companies get the benefit of the foreigners presence because they will spread recent English usage to the Indian workers. This is a very smart move on the part of the companies. The spillover effects of hiring Europeans make it worthwhile.
Moving to a foreign country or just taking one of these jobs temporarily can be an amazing cultural experience, but the pay can also be pretty good. As the article mentions, these call-centers pay fairly low wages but what it doesn't address is the cost of living in India: it's very low. These Europeans can take a job that, to them, would be fairly easy (speaking English all day) and take advantage of the job perks to save money.
While these workers are probably younger traveller types, I predict we will start to see some slow migration patterns of Western workers moving to where the jobs are. It will take some time, but I predict that some people will choose love of a certain type of job over location and move accordingly.
I guess we have to wait and see.