Russia, which arguably has a higher profile for its hackers than its IT consultants, wants to be the newest player in the cut-price outsourcing industry.
According to news website SiliconValley.com, Vadim Grishin, deputy director of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wants to find jobs for some of Russia's 1.3 million workers with degrees in fields like computer science and engineering.
Although Intel and Sun Microsystems have hired dozens of Russian contractors, the trend has largely failed to catch on.
Russia's tiny technology industry has languished as Indian government officials aggressively promoted their country as the offshore development site of choice for the West.
The Russians are just as inexpensive. An Intel employee in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod is lucky to earn 25 per cent of that of an employee in Santa Clara. Some Russians get paid even less.
Selectosa Systems recently delivered a customised web-based program for tracking jobs and materials to a California-based advertising company for just $8,000, because its Russian programmers only earn $400 to $600 a month.
Russia will face competition from China and Malaysia as well as India.
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