Apparently America is not becoming a banana republic quickly enough to suit some big US companies.
I heard last week that a friend’s sister, 57 years old and a very long standing IBM employee, had been offered the choice of either losing her job, or being sent to India or Latin America. In the old days, an offshore posting was a perk, or at least not a bad thing financially, since the employer would provide various expat subsidies to make up for meaningful additional costs (such as filing extra tax returns, higher housing costs when applicable, etc.),. The general intent was to make them whole (and some used the subsidies as a way to sweeten the pot, since that sort of move is disruptive personally, particularly for employees with school-age children).
Clearly, those perks don’t apply here. A CNN article describes that the jobs on offer are in third world countries, at local wages. IBM is proving only some assistance with moving and visas. Given the cost of hiring and getting new workers up to speed, IBM probably comes out ahead on those few who decide to participate.
IBM employees being laid off in North America now have an alternative to joining the growing ranks of the unemployed – work for the company abroad.
Big Blue is offering its outgoing workers in the United States and Canada a chance to take an IBM job in India, Nigeria, Russia or other countries.
Through a program dubbed Project Match, IBM will help interested workers whose jobs are on the chopping block to “identify potential opportunities in growth markets and facilitate consideration by hiring managers in those markets,” according to an internal company document obtained by CNN.
The company also will help with moving costs and provide visa assistance, it says.
Other countries with IBM opportunities include Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates, according to the document.
Only “satisfactory performers” who are “willing to work on local terms and conditions” should pursue the jobs, the document says.