Low pay seen in IT worker migration | Inquirer News

Low pay seen in IT worker migration

/ 10:59 PM October 09, 2013

DAVAO CITY—The shortage of workers for the information technology industry here has worsened with the migration to other countries of graduates of IT and IT-related courses, industry officials said.

Samuel Matunog, president of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Davao, said in Davao City alone, at least 5,000 IT and IT-related workers are needed.

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The city produces less than a thousand IT graduates each year, which is insufficient to meet demand, he said.

Migration, he said, worsens the problem. While IT-related jobs are available in the country, many IT graduates prefer to work overseas.

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The reason? Higher salaries, according to Matunog. In Singapore, he said, an IT worker gets an average salary equivalent to P80,000 a month while in this city, IT workers receive starting average salaries of P12,000 to P15,000. The highest salary that IT workers in the city could hope for is P30,000 a month, he said. Judy Quiros, Inquirer Mindanao

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