(Reading this article by Babken, I wonder: is the Armenian government signing its own death warrant?)
Brain Drain trend more visible
November 9 2013
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By Babken Tunyan
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Back in September over 70 IT [Yerevan Armenian] professionals applied to the Prime-Minister with an open letter asking to revise the “law on compulsory pension fund.”
In IT sector salaries are higher and totally taxable as they have to show their real income. This means that IT professionals have to pay higher amounts than others. The authors of the letter wrote with almost an open text that they have received numerous offers from other countries [specially from Russia, that country plans to to double its 350,000 jobs in IT sector], which have high demand for IT professionals, thus this new law would boost “brain drain” and emigration.
In the beginning of this month they submitted another letter with the same content addressed to the Prime-Minister. The new letter was signed by 46 employees of largest IT companies in Armenia. Failure of the government to solve the problem of the IT sector will be a condition making IT professionals emigrate. They would prefer the United States or Europe, but in case of finding well-paid jobs Russia would be a good option too. There are approximately 7-8,000 people employed in IT sector in Armenia. This means that the demand for 200,000 IT specialists in Russia will “gloat” our professionals. What will happen then? There is high demand for IT professionals in Armenia, too.
For example, in a recent interview the chairman of the Information Technology Enterprises Union Karen Vardanyan said that a lack of well-educated professionals in the Armenian IT sector is creating even more demand for professionals, which is one of the main obstacles for the development of IT sector in Armenia. According to different estimations, many companies in IT sector of Armenia have challenges with finding professionals they want, thus they have to hire people with more or less good education and skills, even though they may not be a good fit for them.
The conclusion is that if the government does not compromise and does not revise the decision above, IT professionals may emigrate. If this happens, the IT sector will be paralyzed in Armenia. By the way, the government has announced that IT sector is priority sector for the Armenian economy. [but it did not back its words with action by making IT specialists free from taxation or making tax voluntary for them, by allowing IT specialists and those employed by them giving their taxes on voluntary basis --something which have made Russian, US and European IT people coming in droves to Armenia, plus left the Armenian specialists happy]