Today newspaper 23-Aug.
It discussed how Philippine software companies are affected by the exodus of IT professionals to Singapore.
There was also an interview of PSIA which stands for Philippines Software Industry Association. As the name implies, it is an organization of software companies in PH.
Article's opening statements:
"THEY flock to Singapore, drawing three times what they are paid in the Philippines. They gain valuable experience here working for multi-national firms, contributing to their country's economy with their remittances to families back home. The downside: Some quit their jobs in a hurry, leaving behind unfinished projects, resulting in unhappy customers and beleaguered employers scrambling to fill the vacuum.
Such is the predicament facing the Philippines' software industry as engineers leave their jobs in haste. The aggressive tactics employed by some Singaporean recruitment agencies have worsened the situation, say members of the industry."
But what's really revolting and make me want to puke is PSIA's @$#*% suggestion of stricter visa restrictions for Pinoy IT engineers in SG!
"The Philippines Software Industry Association (PSIA) released a statement last month highlighting the problem, and called for stricter visa restrictions from the Singapore Government to address the issue."
Why suggest this?! Isn't like punishing IT professionals when instead what PSIA should do is ask software companies to provide enough and descent salaries! We, IT professionals, first of all, do not really desire to leave our families and live in a foreign country. We did not expect this to happen to us but due to the meager salaries that we receive in PH, we don't have a choice but work in other countries.
As the article mentioned, we are receiving 3 times more than we receive in PH. Imagine that! That's how low PH salary is!
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