February 25, 2003
It was only a matter of time before the center of the IT and computer programming world moved towards Asia. India has been providing a substantial proportion of the IT workforce in the US for many years, and low salaries and overheads in India itself has led to India becoming known as "the world's back office".
But it's not only in India, the world's second largest country by population.
In the world's most populated country - China - the IT industry is developing fast, with the major difference being that Chinese IT professionals are staying, or returning home, as the US and European IT markets suffer from downturns or slowdowns in consumer and industrial consumer demand.
And as a final third driver of the trend, North Asian countries remain some of the most advanced and innovative in the telecommunications and Internet industry worldwide. South Korea boasts a major proportion of the country with broad band or fast access, making this non-English speaking country one of the top 5 highest users of the Internet in raw numbers. Korean customers share with the Japanese fast uptake of new technology and the gadgetry of telecommunications.
According to an International Data Corp (IDC) Press Release dated 20th February, the number of professional IT developers in the Asia Pacific will outnumber their counterparts in other regions.
IDC estimates that the number of IT developers will increase to 13.3 million by 2006 from 7.8 million in 2001.
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In 2001 Asia/Pacific overtook Western Europe for the number 2 position
According to IDC, the 10 countries in the world with the most developers
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