The value of BPO/IT jobs in poor countries

I pulled this chart together from data published on the freelance marketplace oDesk‘s “oConomy” (which includes a nifty map of providers around the world), and think it’s pretty revealing:

Note that a lot of the people registered on oDesk are freelancers or work for small companies: participants in a new set of cottage industries springing up in the services sector. In places like Niger and Ghana, the social impact of a job that pays $10 to $20 per hour is hard to overstate.

(Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minimum_wages_by_country; http://www.odesk.com/community/oconomy/global_provider_map)

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