Google: You should hire in Philippines

Google reports that they are having a “bit more of a challenge trying to hire engineers for Google in Bangalore compared to other parts of the world.”

From Qatar’s Gulf Times:

In particular, [Google director Ram Shriram] cited a shortage of web development skills such as knowledge of Javascript and Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), the web design technology used in the latest generation of websites like Google Maps and Flickr. Middle managers also are in short supply, he said.

“The people are smart, innately smart but don’t have this particular skill set yet,” said Shriram, an Indian who is a founding member of Google’s board of directors.

Bangalore is the site of one of Google’s global research centres, the location where services such as Google Finance were first developed. Google also has offices near New Delhi, Hyderabad and in Mumbai. Google had around 8,000 employees worldwide at the end of June.

In recent years, many US firms, including Reuters, have started operations in Bangalore seeking to draw on a pool of low-cost, talented labour. Yet the rapid growth of such operations have led to a greater competition for talent.

Shriram said some Indian businesses such as call centres suffered from high staff turnover as greater competition for labour has driven up the wages employers have to pay to keep employees, something less common in web businesses.

“In the web 2.0 businesses, I’m not seeing that, but I am also seeing a huge talent shortage,” he said.

“It’s been really hard to find middle management, for example. It’s great to find a good founding team, but then I can’t find middle management. I can’t find engineers.”

They should visit Philippines.

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