Monday, October 15, 2007

Job movement

Bangalore has been the epicenter of many kinds of growth in the past few years. Bangalore, in retrospect, has been part of almost every boom, though earlier, it was never counted. The only exception perhaps is the financial sector boom which was mostly concentrated in Mumbai and to a lesser extent in other areas.

When the PSUs were setting up shop, Bangalore was there and Bangalore surely got the creme de la creme of them.
The manufacturing boom that never happened, but Bangalore has a small manufacturing industry too - if you count Bangalore and Hosur yes. (Why count Hosur, you may ask - many a boom here has a significant participation from there and many a factory in Hosur has Bangalore employees.)
When the garment export boom happened, Bangalore was there. The top garment exporters of the country are located here.
Of course, the IT boom happened. No prizes for guessing.
The retail boom, incidentally, also has Bangalore pretty much in its eye.
There are few other booms like the nursing college boom - Bangalore is a part of it, but perhaps not in such a big manner. Teacher training, again, Bangalore is there in a small way.

I was talking to an associate in a retail store who works as a "home delivery" person. He works 7 days a week and his pay is cut even if he takes a day off. He actually quit his garment factory job to take this up. The difference in pay between the garment factory and this place is a 1000 bucks or so. So, why did he make the change? Simply put, in retail, the work is better. Garment factories work at a pretty breathtaking pace and thats an understatement. In retail, you work in an airconditioned store, the work is not so tough on you and so on.

So, it inevitable that jobs move from one place to another. When IT happened, many people moved from manufacturing into IT - even fromPSU's likeISRO, HAL and private manufacturing units. Now with the retail boom happening, people are moving, from, you guessed it - the garment factory. It is a two way boom. While many men are moving out of garment factory into retail, call center cab driving and security, that is creating more opportunity for women. Women in turn are moving both into and out of this industry - to work as maids, caretakers, nurses and even teachers - some of it happens the other way round. Its all about opportunity.

1 comment:

Bland Spice said...

you are right.
Unhindered flow of labor helps the system to self-manage itself; demand meets supply and only the model with the most efficient distribution of labor emerges.