(May 02, 2013)
To be honest, I cannot say that I agree completely with everything that is written here. The lower wage @$2/hr that may typically be quoted for outsourcing to Asian countries is over-rated.
Believe it or not, there are constellations where such a pay is indeed ethical or at least in my opinion.
In some countries, college students that would like to gain a few additional dollars would be excited about earning $2/hour. It will literally be a multiple of what they would be able to earn elsewhere.
Also, working online is often by far not as difficult as labor work, for example. Of course, if you live in a western country like Europe or the US, $2 an hour will and should feel weird.
But there are very different place on this planet… Different cultures and different economies. Of course, paying someone $2 an hour in a 3rd world country will not change the economy of that country for the better.
However, consider this situation:
- Someone in the US, who is not a high earner, puts aside a $100 a month and pays someone to work for him.
This might be a win-win situation for both of them.
The person from the US with a low capital would not have enough money to hire a professional assistant from the US. The college student from a third world country can find a comfortable way to gain additional money to support his family and his studies.
As he supports his studies, he will have greater chance to be successful when he gets out there and gets a real job. In my opinion a situation like that would be a win-win-win.
Therefore I feel it’s too easy to just say:
“OMG! $2 an hour. How bad is it that?!”
I’d love to hear your opinion and have a lively discussion.