Originally posted by Chris Harris:
I see software warehouses starting (well thinking about) moving into these counties, with the aim of lowering costs and ultimately being able to compete on cost with our friends in India. Any thoughts on this?
Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
From what I've seen, there are some East European countries that can actually undercut India when it comes to salaries.
The language problem is the more serious one, though German is popular in many of them, I believe that French is (was?) popular in Poland, and sooner or later it seems everyone Internet connected tries out English.
Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
The problems are going to be severe for the western countries in the EU.
An estimated 170.000 people a year from the new members will flood our jobmarkets, undercutting the natives and leading to massive unemployment and those are only the official (read, sanitised to make it look less bad than it is) numbers, the real numbers are likely to be closer to a quarter million a year.
In the beginning these will likely be jobs in lower paid jobs like farmworkers, construction workers and factory workers, but as their economy gets jumpstarted by our money (or what will be left of it in a few years) their educational systems will be able to modernise and train a flood of IT and other tech people too...
Already countries are starting to place strict caps on the numbers of work permits allowed to the new countries in order to prevent their entire workforce from being out of a job in 5 years or less.
Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
With the exception of Poland (40 mio) and Romania (22 Mio) they are all quite small countries. I was suprised not so far ago. I thought they would have more inhabitants:
Chechia: 10 Mio
Hungaria: 10 Mio
Bulgaria: 8 Mio
Slovakia: 5.3 Mio
Slovenia: 2 Mio
Estonia: 1.4 Mio