Average programmer salary: ($US28,174/year; $US22-$37/hour)Infrastructure: GoodPros: Low risk, high quality, similar exchange rate, compatible cultures. . .
Cons: . . . all of which come at a price.
Insider tip: You won't save a lot of money, but you will reduce the number of potential headaches.
Average programmer salary: ($US1400/year)Infrastructure: Good. Strongest in the country's three technology parks.
Pros: Costs are typically 25 per cent to 45 per cent less than in the US.
Cons: Mexican programmers are not exactly members of the intellectual elite when it comes to engineering skills. The language barrier can also be a problem (though some companies send their programmers to English boot camps). Insider tip: Right now, Mexico may be suitable for low-level, high-volume projects. Make sure you evaluate language skills at your vendor.
Average programmer salary: (minimum wage is $US2556/year)Infrastructure: Fair. Modern and expanding telecom and IT infrastructure.
Pros: The government says it wants to get involved in a different kind of offshore development - supporting growth in the IT sector in order to reduce the country's dependence on the oil industry . . .
Cons: . . .but hasn't done much yet. The government is in a state of flux. The term "offshore" here still conjures up images of oil rigs and black gold. Insider tip: Check back in a few years to see if any progress has been made.
Average programmer salary: (minimum wage is $US1781/year) Infrastructure: Good. State-of-the-art infrastructure, including network digitalisation, fibre-optics and satellite equipment.
Pros: High level of education, low costs, high-tech infrastructure. Chile is the most European community in South America.
Cons: Chile may lack the entrepreneurial zeal it needs to become a real offshore player. Insider tip: A little more expensive than Brazil but relatively competitive in other ways.
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