Re: Lack of competitive packages

From: Loganaden Velvindron <>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2016 08:33:21 +0400

On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 8:19 AM, Vy-Shane Sin Fat <> wrote:
> As a Mauritian who lives overseas and works in tech, I have often thought
> about coming back to Mauritius for a couple of years to be closer with my
> family. The only way I think I could make it work is to do remote contract
> work for an overseas company.
> On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM, S Moonesamy <> wrote:
>> Hi Logan,
>> At 12:46 02-11-2016, Loganaden Velvindron wrote:
>>> What is sad in the case of [removed] is the brain drain that caused
>>> many of our members to move overseas due to lack of competitive
>>> packages from the local IT industry. (2 members working overseas + 1
>>> member studying overseas)
>> I don't know the skills of those persons.
>> A person moves overseas because he/she believes that things are better
>> there. The person is usually offered a low-paying job but he/she will
>> describe that as a competitive package to people in Mauritius.
> Is your argument that Mauritians are paid less because they are less
> skilled? I've never worked in Mauritius before, so I can't comment on the
> average skill level.
> I have been involved in the hiring process at most organisations I've worked
> at in Australia, and am often recruited by US/UK/EU companies. I have a
> pretty good idea of what's on offer outside of MU, and it doesn't seem very
> likely that Mauritian companies are going to be matching these packages
> given especially the conversion rate.
> However, salary isn't the whole picture. You need to consider cost of
> living. Mauritius obviously does better in that regards compared to the big
> cities. But if you compare the relative cost of living to the relative
> renumeration, you still find that moving overseas is a very attractive
> financial proposition.

For example, taxes/duties on cars make them a luxury item in
Mauritius. This is one of the reason why the cost of living in
Mauritius is relatively high.

>> A competitive package is offered to a programmer or system administrator
>> with competitive skills. Nowadays, those skills are rated globally instead
>> of locally. There is the following comment at
>> : "Unfortunately, I noticed that the level of knowledge of Front-End
>> development reflects that of 5-10 years before".
>> Regards,
>> S. Moonesamy
> The skills are rated globally but rewarded locally. That's one of the
> reasons to move overseas. The other one is to find more
> interesting/challenging work. In the tech industry, it's obvious that this
> kind of work is easier to find at tech companies. How many of these can you
> find in Mauritius?
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