A US IT manager may earn more than his Indian counterpart, but he is debt-ridden for most part of his life!

If you are a mid-level IT manager in an Indian company, do you compare yourself to your counterpart in the West? Do you make salary comparisons, and end up lamenting the fact that you were born in India?

Employees of ISGN work at their stations inside the company headquarters in Bangalore June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

IT companies in India have been notorious for underpaying their employees, according to a survey. A mid-level IT manager draws an average annual salary of $41,213, while his Swiss counterpart gets over four times more. At first glance, the gap is dis-empowering, leading us to sometimes rue the fact that were born in India.

However, the comparison is biased and without considering the ground realities. We talk about salaries, but forget the basis of the comparison! Putting a Price Parity Index (PPI) to this study would be a better indicator to the comparison of IT companies’ salaries across globe. How is it even logical to compare the salaries of people living in different countries, with different costs of living?

Businessman and woman working on computers

Obviously, the cost of living in Switzerland, or USA, will be much higher than in India. The expenses are more and the indicator lacked several key points! Without a common denomination, is the comparison even fair enough?

However, I will have to agree that in the lower part of the pyramid, when it comes to IT companies, the salary is dismal. Nevertheless, we can’t ignore the abundant human resources available at the disposal of every company, IT or otherwise. The competition is way too high; every other person is struggling to get a dream job. The companies won’t mind rejecting a suitable candidate if he expects a high pay package because there are 10 others, with equal qualification, ready to accept that same job at a lower package. The companies are looking for cheap labor and there is no dearth.


Perhaps, the companies in India, who are making millions of dollars, should start sharing the wealth, not by distributing doles, but by paying according to global standards.