Just had an interesting conversation with an Eastern programmer we were interested in hiring. His demands were plain ridiculous. It made me think, that perhaps the time of hiring in from Eastern Europe is soon over?
In this case, his salary expectation was €7000 ($9000) plus flights plus moving expenses (moving expenses, seriously?). He thought that was fair since, according to him, programmers in Denmark were often paid €13000. For those not from around here, I can reveal a programmer in a startup, and most other companies, get closer to €4000. I.e. a third of what he thinks.
The thing to debate here is not this particular case, but the trend, if there is one? This guy is not the first Eastern programmer I have had this situation with. There seems to be an totally unrealistic picture of wages, which is probably because they are being told this back home. The result is a mismatch of expectations which leads to disappointment and time waste on both sides.
What’s happened, is that for many years now tech companies, in particular startups who have to think creatively, has turned to Eastern Europe to find talent. Many times the talent moves to the West on their own accord and then finds a better jobs what’s available in their own country. These are paid the same as programmers from here obviously, so since this is a lot more than they were used to, it seems a good deal to everyone.
I wonder if the response is that we just start looking even further east, like the Ukraine, as has happened in so many other industries. Or we have to set up local teams in Eastern Europe in order to continue being competitive in the war for talent.
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