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Headcount: The World Needs People

When scouring the planet for the latest skinny on Mary-Kate Olsen, Headcount accidentally learned that the July 12 issue of People features an interesting yarn on outsourcing -- that controversial practice of relocating menial desk jobs to developing countries.

The piece highlights two Bangalore-based customer service agents for Dallas-based carrier VarTec Telecom Inc. who, thanks to outsourcing, earn a nice wage (about US$210 a month) compared to many of their country mates. But the duo doesn't live without concerns, the article states. Real-estate is expensive, the hours are tough, and, well, the jobs just aren't that secure.

States the article: "K.K. Sunil, 32… fears that his own job may someday be outsourced, moving on to another country such as China, where wages are even lower."

Ah, yes. In the world of outsourcing, even the ousourcers can be outsourced. No one's job is safe.

Here's what else is going on in the world of telecom hirings and firings:

  • Charles Vogt, former president and CEO of Taqua, has left Tekelec Inc. (Nasdaq: TKLC) to pursue other opportunities, Headcount has learned. Vogt, also veteran of Santera Systems, another Tekelec property, is said to be working on securing another CEO gig at another privately held equipment vendor. Vogt's success at taking Taqua from deathbed to liquidity has made him a hot commodity.

    Tekelec had big plans for Vogt. In April, the company made him president of global marketing and sales operations for North America and the CALA (Central America, Latin America) region.

    Vogt, according to sources, was itching to be the boss and will likely be running another company in the coming months.

    Interestingly, the head of Santera, David Heard, also didn't stick around that long after Tekelec swallowed the switch maker. Heard is now chief executive at Somera Communications (Nasdaq: SMRA).

  • The doors they are revolving over at wireless broadband vendor Navini Networks Inc., which bagged $30 million not too long ago. Bjorn Kirchdorfer, executive VP of commercial operations, and controller Jeffrey Havlock have left the company. In their place comes Greg Marzullo, as the new VP of global sales, and former Chorum executive George Simpson as VP of operations.

    Kirchdorfer and Havlock now plan to launch a security firm called Kirchdorfer Havlock Associates. (Just kidding -- we just thought that sounded cool.)

  • Movaz Networks Inc. says its VP of human resources and internal operations, Tony Preston, has left the company. His tenure as a Movaz full-time employee was announced in May and ended abruptly in June, according to sources close to Movaz.

    A Movaz spokesman says Preston only had a three-month contract, so there's no mystery as to why he left. Sources at the company say Preston's role, as announced to Movaz employees, included recruiting, orientation, training, employee relations, compensation, payroll, benefits, facilities management, company security, desktop telephony, and computer support -- a description that implied a much longer tenure.

    Now that it's headless in HR, Movaz is also seeking to fill about 12 engineering positions that the company has advertised internally. In fact, Movaz has told its workers that it will pay a $1,000 bonus to any Movaz employee who provides a reference or resumé that results in a successful hire.

  • Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE) has said Klaus Kleinfeld will succeed Heinrich von Pierer as CEO in January 2005. Von Pierer, 63, will become chairman at that time. Kleinfeld has been the chief executive of Siemens USA since January 2002 (see Siemens Changes Management).

    No word yet on whether Kleinfeld and Heinrich von Pierer will join Kirchdorfer and Havlock to form Kleinfeld, Kirchdorfer, Havlock and von Pierer LP

    And, now, a few more appointments and disappointments from the past few days:

    That's all for this go-round. Drop us a line if you have a news tip, or, for that matter, any idea when TV Guide will throw its hat into the outsourcing coverage ring as well. Send all correspondence to [email protected].

    — Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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    arch_1 12/5/2012 | 1:28:09 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People You forgot Hyperchip again. So far, Headcount has managed to neglect all three of this year's Hyperchip layoffs.

    At the start of the year, they had about 180 people. After 24 Feb, they had about 120 people. After 28 May, they had 65 people. After the latest layoff, on 26 June, they now have 17 people.

    This is sad. It was a great company with really good people and a really good idea.

    The 17 remaining people include an extremely competent 5-person engineering team. Maybe a miracle will occur.
    lickmeyster 12/5/2012 | 1:28:08 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People Peter,
    Do you think it is the employees of hyperchip who are to blame, or the government for making such a poor investment (actually I think it was loan)?

    I think your rather impressive bitterness is slightly misguided but not completely unfounded.





    Peter_anonymous 12/5/2012 | 1:28:08 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People To ex-employees of Hyperchip,
    You are a bunch of parasites to the Quebec society. You get paid but did not deliver the product. We pay the highest income tax in North America because of you. Are you going to give back your salary? If I see any of you on the street, I will break your neck.

    Signed by a Quebec Tax Payer
    mdwdm 12/5/2012 | 1:28:06 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People There are a few jobs that might be outsourced
    to China from India, but service and BPO kind
    of jobs are certainly not because these jobs
    need good English skills. China's averge national per capital income is about 2x of that
    of India, and anyone in China with good English skills is making at least 5x of national average, or at least $600/month in inland
    area and more than $1000/month in the costal
    area. The main reason is that China's English
    speaking population is less than 1/20th of
    India's.


    ------------

    States the article: "K.K. Sunil, 32GǪ fears that his own job may someday be outsourced, moving on to another country such as China, where wages are even lower."

    Ah, yes. In the world of outsourcing, even the ousourcers can be outsourced. No one's job is safe.

    brahmos 12/5/2012 | 1:28:05 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People hasnt wipro, tcs, infosys and saytam all opened
    centers in china now ?
    brahmos 12/5/2012 | 1:28:05 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People http://economictimes.indiatime...

    I believe they have already started recruiting a
    internal team in US for this huge project.
    sigint 12/5/2012 | 1:28:05 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People mdwdm:
    There are a few jobs that might be outsourced
    to China from India, but service and BPO kind
    of jobs are certainly not because these jobs
    need good English skills. China's averge national per capital income is about 2x of that
    of India, and anyone in China with good English skills is making at least 5x of national average, or at least $600/month in inland
    area and more than $1000/month in the costal
    area. The main reason is that China's English
    speaking population is less than 1/20th of
    India's.
    __________________________________________________

    Your points are valid. Let me add a few of my own. The IT industry in India is looking up in the last 6 months or so, but the last few years were pretty tough. Job losses weren't as severe as in the US, but job creation and new hiring in engineering design and manufacturing jobs was very sluggish. As a result, many engineering graduates without work experience found it impossible to get jobs. The joined call centres and such, and these guys get paid what the article mentions.

    I'd say that the average engineering salary for tech in Bangalore, Delhi or Hyderabad would be about 1/5th that of the US, and for hi-tech (e.g., comms system or chip design) it would be a third. This section of society has good spending power, which pushes up real-estate prices and general cost of living, to the detriment of low earning inhabitants of the same eco-systems. $210 would be ok in a small indian town, doesn't take you very far in Bangalore.

    By the way, I used to work for a services company in Bangalore until about 5 years back. We did get calls form chinese design firms seeking work from us. Any "extra" projects we couldn't staff. For a consideration, of course.

    flam 12/5/2012 | 1:28:03 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People Good for NT. Maybe that LU crowd in Mumbay will get their stupid behinds fired now.
    drone387 12/5/2012 | 1:28:01 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People "http://economictimes.indiatime...

    I believe they have already started recruiting a
    internal team in US for this huge project."

    Where in US does NT do it's GSM work? I was under the impression that if it wasn't done in Canada that it had been moved overseas.
    flam 12/5/2012 | 1:27:59 AM
    re: Headcount: The World Needs People Where in US does NT do it's GSM work? I was under the impression that if it wasn't done in Canada that it had been moved overseas.

    Hmmm ... why didn't I think of asking that?

    You're right btw, Google reveals that they (NT) moved most of the GSM work to the usual suspects* plus a new one - "SASKEN."

    * Infosys, WiPRO, TCS

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