Re: Lack of competitive packages

From: Loganaden Velvindron <>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 16:34:51 +0400

On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 3:58 PM, S Moonesamy <> wrote:
> Hi Shane, Logan,
> At 21:19 04-11-2016, 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.
> Selling training services may be a way to increase your earnings. Given
> your skills, and assuming that you are good at training, it shouldn't be
> difficult for you to compete with the people doing that over here.
>> 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.
> The argument was that the person will not publicly talk about the
> difficulties he/she encountered in the other country.
>> 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.
> There are interesting job offers [1][2] for people with the competitive
> skills which the employer is looking for. I agree that it is unlikely that
> a local company will match the package if you are compare that with the
> package of someone who is regularly working for companies in the U.S.
>> 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.
> As a matter of individual preference I would not look at the conversion rate
> only, e.g. your comment about being closer to the family, weather, job
> security. If a person is very good in her field he/she won't find the very
> attractive financial proposition locally (excluding outsourcing). Let's
> assume that a person is a "Linux developer". He/she will be regularly
> participating in discussions on the LKML mailing list and he/she will be
> contacted by recruiters. I doubt that you'll find any people in Mauritius
> doing that.
>> 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?
> There aren't any tech companies in Mauritius. The local approach would look
> amateurish to someone working in a tech company. The work on the island is
> not very challenging. I commented about "competitive skills". That is
> different from technical skills. Your reward would likely not be the same
> as what is rewarded locally. :-)
> At 21:33 04-11-2016, Loganaden Velvindron wrote:
>> 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.
> I suggest reading
> I would be able to compare the coast of living if you point me to something
> similar for Mauritius.

I would argue that the cost of housing in California is relatively
expensive. Same thing could be said if someone decides to work in
Ebene, and buy a house there.
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