Skilled Labour Shortage Hits India

October 17, 2006

The New York Times reports that, although India graduates 400,000 engineers a year, a new study has found only one in four is actually employable; the remainder have either deficient technical skills, English-language abilities, or soft skills. The established Indian universities have tougher admission requirements than the US Ivy Leagues, and new private colleges produce grads of "uneven quality." The number of technology jobs in India is on track to double to 1.7 million over the next four years, and the labour shortage is driving up salaries rapidly. Nearly 40% of Indians remain illiterate. New York Times article (With thanks to Teo Salgado, The University of Western Ontario)