A heated online argument began when Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy asked India’s young workers to put in 70 hours of work a week to help build the country.
In a conversation with TV Mohandas Pai, who used to be the HR head for Infosys and is now the chairman of Aarin Capital Partners, Murthy talked about India’s low work output compared to other countries and encouraged young people to take charge of the country’s growth.
Ola Cabs CEO and co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal expressed support for Murthy’s statement, stating, “It’s not our moment to work less and entertain ourselves. Rather, it’s our moment to go all in and build in one generation what other countries have built over many generations.”
Radha Krishna Kavuluru, an ISRO scientist from Hyderabad, used ChatGPT to find out how Indians’ working hours and monthly pay compare to those in other major countries. This brought attention to the question of India’s work efficiency.
ChatGPT statistics showed that Indian workers work more hours per week than their counterparts in other countries, but they only get paid a fraction of what their peers do. People are worried that India will become a place where cheap labour is easy to find because of this.
The information shows that Indian IT experts work 45 to 50 hours a week, which is the most of any country that was looked at. IT engineers in the US make between USD 6,000 and USD 8,000 (INR 5 lakh to 6.6 lakh) a week for working 40 to 45 hours. They get paid about USD 540 to 1080 (INR 45,000 to INR 90,000) a month, which is a lot less.
Radha Krishna Kavuluru pointed out that many businesses built by individuals commenting on work hours are driven by the pursuit of international labour cost parity. Employees, including IT professionals, are considered resources and have a predetermined cost in these companies. The salary is notably lower in India, even when considering purchasing power parity (PPP).
Even after adjusting for PPP, the average monthly salary for Indian engineers is approximately USD 1200 to USD 2400 (INR 1 lakh to 2 lakh), which remains significantly lower than in many other countries.
Kavuluru’s post on LinkedIn emphasized the need for Indian youth to work harder, especially from college, to ensure that they are not forced to accept low-paying positions in the IT industry.
This discussion highlights the disparity between the demanding work hours and comparatively low salaries faced by IT engineers in India, leading to questions about compensation and labour practices in the industry.