Pakistan is Slowly Taking Jobs Away From India’s IT Industry

Recently, a US-based Indian IT company fired over 125 employees in just half an hour without giving any prior notice to them.

Ironically, on the same day, when the pink-slips were being handed to the employees of the low-level IT company’s branch in Noida, it hired the similar amount of employees in its Islamabad-based branch.

The Indian IT sector, which is one of the largest IT exporters of the world, has seen noticeable job decline in last two years.

According to an Indian magazine report, the Indian IT industry has seen a huge decline in IT jobs in the current year. The magazine claimed that the major reason for this downfall is “the trend of these jobs going to techies in Pakistan.”

“The neighbour has a budding IT industry, growing in its own space, looking to emulate the Indian IT success story where right now data operators and BPO callers come much cheaper,” reads the blog post of that magazine.

The magazine said that China is helping the Pakistani tech industry to grow just like USA, which helped the Indian industry the same way 20 years ago.

“Their [China’s] influence rising in the background of other CPEC investments, the State Bank of Pakistan reportedly revealed that Chinese FDI in the telecom sector was close to $92.5 million for July and August this year, the aim being to boost 3G and 4G coverage,” said the magazine.

Not long ago, e-commerce giant Alibaba also signed an IT related agreement with Pakistan’s government under which it will invest $400 million in the country.

Other than that, China Telecom has also signed an agreement with the PTCL to lay a network of fiber optic cables across the country.

Recently, Freelancer.com released a rankings chart where Pakistan secured 3rd position in the “Software Freelancing” category.

Pakistan Software Houses Association’s (PASHA) Secretary General, Shehryar Hydri, told the magazine that “close to 10,000 IT graduates enter Pakistan’s job-market each year, in an industry which is worth about $3 billion, which is not much when compared to the Indian IT industry. But what is to come next should worry the Indian IT sector.”

“We have about 1,50,000 mainstream techies and between 1,50,000 and 2,00,000 freelancers but the number is expected to almost double if you take the non-tech freelancers into account,” he revealed.

In this regard, the Higher Education Commission’s Executive Director, Arshad Ali, said that around 188 universities are offering IT programs in the country which is expected to increase further in the upcoming years. He said that another advantage our IT industry has is that almost every graduate is proficient in the English language.

According to the Language Database of Ethnologue: “17 crore Pakistanis can speak English. Most of them may not get past a Wren and Martin grammar book but would have the requisite skill for data entry or other low-end IT jobs.”

The magazine also pointed that “58.5 million out of the total 200 million Pakistanis are between 20 and 24 years with 69 million under 15 according to a United Nations Population Fund report.”

“Current trends indicate that more and more from this pool of youngsters will be inclined to join the IT industry,” it added.


  • Ambassador of I

    Absolutely, excerpt from the article “It is true that India has ‘out priced’ itself and BPO jobs have gone to places like the Philippines, Bangladesh and Malaysia.”

  • Pakistani Canadian

    I am delighted to hear this. I want a more detailed report on this. Are we getting data entry and low end IT jobs as stated in the article? I also wanted to know whether only 125 jobs came our way or were they more? Which company in Islamabad made this possible? If it was only 125 jobs, this article is completely misleading. Have we, as an IT sector out paced South East Asian nations. Since the infrastructure is much better than anywhere else. Please do share these details. Sincerely waiting for the follow up.

    • Abdul Mujeeb

      Well, i personally, have noticed that data-Entry jobs and website development plus game designing jobs are abundant here. You can see Ads posted on facebook and other social media networks. And it was not only about 125 jobs(i suspect if you even read the article?)

      • Pakistani Canadian

        Please do read the original article in outlook which propakistani has copy pasted. Also do some own research. I also ask you to look at IT developments in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Philippines. The way this government is promising, it is as if we have our done the rest. Other South Asian and south East Asian nations are investing significantly in education related to IT and manufacturing sectors. I have been there and witnessed first hand. The amounts are in hundreds of millions of dollars. Does our country Pakistan stand anywhere near this? Point is, I am not discouraging any thing towards Pakistan, all I ask is a vision and a visionary to implement this. If we are only targeting low end IT jobs, we are taking jobs from African and central Asian regions. This is not good in the long term. Any ways this was my opinion. No hard feelings. Peace.

  • Asif

    If it is only 125 jobs, then it’s a start. It may be low end and data entry jobs. According to ethnolouge: in relation to Pakistan, most of them may not get past a Wren and Martin grammar book but would have the requisite skill for data entry or other low-end IT jobs. This is where we need to improve.

  • Zaheer Abbasi

    I think india is busy in making toilets.that’s why they can’t focus on it.

    • Adb

      At least they are thinking about their people.

      • Zaheer Abbasi

        Still 60% indian have no toilet. They can’t even think to make a toilet. Coz it’s prohibited in their religion.

        • Majid

          As a Muslim, I request you to not bring religion into this. Even our country, Pakistan has many Hindus. It would be disrespectful for our fellow citizens as well.

        • Taib

          LOL blaming/making fun of the US, Israel, India is all what you’re good at. Look at where Indians stand in the world compared to Pakistanis; there is really no comparison

          • a Libtard

            yeeah they demonitize their currency on the orders of illupinati. Yea they stand side by side with the zionist pedophiles but that is no secret bcoz militant brahman elite are also pedophiles like their zionist masters.

          • Zaheer Abbasi

            Okay tell me if I am wrong. There r many other facts of india which I didn’t mentioned.
            N that’s funny u r comparing india to america n israel.

        • Adb

          Let me ask you one thing do we have public toilets? I find it really amusing when people ask if there is any masjid near by i want to go to bathroom ! Is this why we made masjids?

          • Zaheer Abbasi

            Yes in Pakistan we have toilets every where . And secondly your religion dose not let u to make a toilet. But we have bathrooms even in mosque n rural areas.

            You should visit Pakistan n see pakistanis are very cleaner than u dirty, ugly n smelly Indians.
            Taking a bath of the cow pie makes u more smelly.

    • Faizan Ul Haq

      Well just search for ceo’s of these companies

      google
      microsoft
      pepsico
      paypal
      nokia
      Reckitt Benckiser

      any international company in your mind that have pakistani CEO ?

      such arguments are only helpful in making memes.GROW UP

      • Zaheer Abbasi

        They can get only a job in these companies but not a owner.
        N I am still right. falsify me if I am wrong. stillmore than 60% Indians have no access to toilets. India has got world’s biggest slum. Indian can’t even feed their soldiers . N u r comparing yourself to america. Lol

      • Zaheer Abbasi

        U r not answering my questions. Am I wrong that 60% Indians have no access to toilet which is a basic need. India has got a world’s biggest slum. 45% indians have no roof. Etc

        • Pakistani first

          You are wrong. The numbers you are providing is for our country Pakistan. Do some research. Things are improving in India. I suggest you to be productive for our country. I suspect you are one of the tax evading scum.

          • Zaheer Abbasi

            First of all u r coward indian who is hiding himself in Pakistani . And secondly search on google india and africa where people r dying coz of poverty . Farmers in india are committing suicides.
            India admits 60% Indians have no access to toilets.

  • Again we Compare India :

    • a Libtard

      Yes u r right. We should not compare legal Pakistan with illegal failed terrorist militant brahman pedophile satanist deite state.

  • Tariq Qureshi

    17 Crores? Which means 170 million of the 200 million speak English? Can we have these numbers corrected please?

    • Abdul Mujeeb

      A person who can sign in English is part of the count.

    • Bilal Iqbal

      Greatest joke by the way…speaking few English words by memorizing is not the English language skill at all..however students are going towards IT but it will take time..many subjects are missing here or very costly …

  • Iltaf Khalid

    We have a small IT firm and one of our client who was working with an Indian team, diverted all of his project work to us and removed the Indian team. So I would say that we Pakistanis are quite capable of competing with our Indian counterparts.

    It is also a fact that Indian IT industry is big and usually we Pakistanis struggle for getting outsourced projects from Europe, Australia and US.

  • a Libtard

    Illegal rindian downfall has begun. Greater Pakistan is reality. One by one Pakistan will liberate whole subcontinent from militant brahman elite’s atrocities against Humanity. PAK Hindus are living peacefully here but in illegal rindia minorities are considered terrorist and traitors.

    • Pakistani First

      I don’t think you belong to Pakistan. You are neither a Muslim. Stop this nonsense. Propakistani is a progressive blog. Stop spreading hate here.

    • Faizan Ul Haq

      Lib = Re
      i suppose …

  • Ashraf

    Totaly exaggerating!

  • AbdulB1

    yes u r right. propakistani is exaggerating this to get more clicks. wait and see current nawaz (indian puppet) government will put 20 percent tax on IT sector then everyone will be happy as before.

  • Usman Arshad

    just copy this blog from an indian magazine…..copy and paste

  • Abu Zaid

    China is also in competition, I doubt that they would promote Pakistan at their own cost. Plus, East Asian countries are taking over India, just like they are taking over textile from Pakistan. Time to wake up for both countries, and be competitive. With AI getting into more and more businesses, low end data entry and call center jobs will be going away in coming years.