>> Dear sir don forget, we Indians are one of the most adjustable creature on earth..
I'd rephrase that. Indians who want to get out are willing to bend over backwards and allow their employers to rip them off.
I take particular offense to such stereotypical statements... which unfortunately prolong the sterotype of .. if you want it done cheap hire an Indian. (Am I making sense?)
A few months ago, I happened witness some conversations at a currency issuing bank in Hong Kong which has substantial operations in India and got to hear the hostility that the local chinese staff had towards "those indians" because of their willingness to accept Indian salaries, live in below average conditions in Hong Kong. No productivity gains as such .. but the employer was saving a few dollars.
I have no problems with jobs moving overseas, I have no problems with people bargaining on salaries both ways (upward and downward negotiations are just fine).
I do have problems with people making silly statements like the one I've highlighted.
In anycase, I have no desire to prolong this debate.
In my opinion $25K is not enough if you're paying for housing and is generally a good salary where there will be plenty of local talent. (To give you an idea, my last assistant who basically answered the phones, co-ordinateed sales staff and well... managed the office got that much and she sure as hell could not stick a LAN cable where it belonged, made about $24K/month). You can cut corners on housing and you can live in Hong Kong with $25K, many people do. However, you're most probably never going to get much further than
While berryplucker chimes in with his statistics, you have to take into account that a number of people live in housing estate or live with parents. This is usually not an option for expatriates in Hong Kong. There are several lifestyle issues... while it is natural for many of us to walk into a dai pai dong and have a cheap meal, it is not that easy for many foreigners (specially Indians...) to do this. There are travel issues (trips back home) and yes there are lifestyle issues...