A few articles about problems in India’s IT industry are similar to what I’ve been saying about India’s VFX industry: Rising wages but stagnant quality.
The article mentions the rise in wages:
The truth, however, seems a bit more nuanced. The article touches on staff attrition, an issue that is becoming a growing concern for Cognizant and many of its Indian rivals. Cognizant’s CFO says the company plans to increase salaries by 12 percent to 14 percent this quarter.
and also the inability to compete for more complex work:
They have yet to prove that they can come upmarket, do the big complex work and build the industry experience at scale in a global environment.
the cheaper labor advantage is vanishing:
The runway for labor arbitrage benefits is just about gone.
Another article looks at India’s shrinking growth problem:
But new IT outsourcing activity in India has slowed. “India still has major market share,” Lewin says, “but the growth rate of new commercial deals between 2010 and 2011 shrunk by around 60 percent.”
Another common saying on my blog is In a race to the bottom the only ones left standing are biggest losers. India’s VFX industry has marketed itself as the go-to place for cheap VFX.
However, you can’t stay a bottom feeder for that long. Wages are rising and producers will go to other markets with cheaper labor. So now India needs to make that jump to the next level and there lies the problem: The quality is stagnant and as the articles above point out, the ability to do big complex work has yet to be proven even in India’s highly developed IT industry.
Say what you want about the California VFX industry but one thing we have never marketed ourselves as is cheap. We market ourselves on the ability to do big complex work high quality work.