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Sri Lanka software, BPO workers in double digit growth
04 Mar, 2013 16:27:25
Mar 04, 2013 (LBO) - The headcount of Sri Lanka's major export software and outsourcing firms have grown 14 to 21 percent a year during the past three years, according to a salary and benefits survey among its members, an industry association said.
The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) a consultancy, had conducted the salary and benefits survey for the third year running.

Sujiva Dewaraja, chairman of SLASSCOM said that survey "provide a reliable source of data for the existing players in the industry as well as for prospective entrants to assist the decision making process."

The Salary and Benefits Survey 2013 targeted at investors in the software and outsourcing sector provides statistical data such as market mean, median and percentiles for job positions in IT Sector, ITES Sector and support functions.

"Therefore, it provides the opportunity for the reader to capture great understanding of the compensation and the benefits structure of the industry," SLASSCOM said.

"The report also covers entry level salary scales of selected job positions to provide a benchmark to the fresh graduates and school leaver salary scales in IT/ITES (IT enabled services) sector of Sri Lanka.

"Adding more value to the report, local salary data are also benchmarked against the regional salary data in order to highlight the competitiveness of human resource practices in the country."

Sri Lanka's export software development and outsourcing segments was estimated to have had revenues of around 600 million US dollars in 2012 according to the Central Bank.

The industry is targeting a billion US dollars in revenues and 80,000 employed by 2016.

Members of SLASSCOM make up most of the larger players in the export IT and BPO industry.

A 2010 report, The ICT Export Value Survey 2010, commissioned by Sri Lanka's Export Development Board put the export IT/ITES workforce at 16,500.

According to Sri Lanka's Export Development Board estimates, the IT industry including the domestic market employed about 60,000 people in 2012, industry officials say.

Though recent breakdowns are not available, some analysts believe that the export sector may comprise more than half the number.

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