Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Programmers - Belarusian elite?

Profession programmer in our country is considered very prestigious. First, these people receive one of the highest salaries in the country. Secondly, they can always, if something does not like it, change the place of work. The third ... There and third, and fourth, and fifth. But the question is: better programmers live with us or in the West? And is it possible to take their elite Belarusian society?

In principle, programmers are not bad everywhere, but so remaining employees better intellectuals, perhaps, is that in the post-Soviet space and in India. And, in general, not secret what is the case - in the western money, which seem to be here "tyschschami wild," and there - penny. However, of course, silly to compare the salaries of programmers in Belarus and the West (and indeed in developed countries) in absolute values.

According to the research company Ynet, a programmer in the U.S. earns, on average, about 75 thousand dollars a year in Israel - for five to seven million less. We take the annual income alone is not accepted - there is a tax, not the citizens themselves. Because, I think, more telling figures will translate into a monthly salary. For the U.S. it will be somewhere around 6.3 "kilobaksov" for Israel, respectively, about 5.7. In neighbouring Russia (more precisely, not across Russia, and in large cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg) average salary programmer, according to Kommersant, is $ 2.5 thousand per month. With regard to Belarus, the official and unofficial statistics vary very, very significantly - the reasons for that, in general, is understandable, and the mere confusion does not cause surprise no one. We will use statistics and informally consider that the average Belarusian programmer receives about 1.3 thousands of "enemy" in a month.

In general, of course, it all interesting, but no specific figures were quite clear that the U.S. wages, let's say, our little bit more. True, there is higher costs. Let's value, for example, the same shelter in different countries, and see who ultimately remains a major beneficiary - they or we.

In Minsk cheap studio apartment, according to real estate sites, will cost approximately $ 50 thousand. That is, our average programmer, who wishes to buy a cheap apartment, you want to starve (or live by relatives or any other benefactors) a total 38.5 months, that is little more than three years. In Moscow the average programmer tamoshny average rate will save at the cheapest 200000 - a flat dollar already about 80 months, that is somewhere six and a half years. Regarding the U.S., this is where I know stories of those who left in this country, people prefer not to live in apartments (especially those who earn decently), and in cottages. Realtors report that the average cost of a double cabin in the area of San Francisco is $ 400K (the letter "K" both taken to signify thousands), that is, an American programmer will save on a house somewhere in the year and a half less than one-room apartment in Moscow in his native city. Regarding the Israeli knights compiler and debugger, they are at the cheapest apartment in Tel Aviv ($ 90K) will save one and a half years.

Yes, indeed, it turns out well precisely where we do not. Although, if we look at Moscow, then we can say that where we do not, are not always good. In Israel, of course, you can buy an apartment, such as the fastest, but do not forget about the dangerous situation in that country. There is no guarantee that tomorrow in your house does not get shalnoy Arabic shell or that it will not become the object of interest next suicide bomber. However, of course, force majeure occur everywhere, and no one does not usually gives no guarantees for anyone. Actually, I think, is wary of those who operates the terms "absolutely safe", "100% - I guarantee", etc. etc. However, I think, a little distracting from the topic.

If escape from the U.S. and look at their home forests and swamps, you can understand that, in principle, everything is not too bad and with our programmers. Their average salary exceeds the average for the country in about four times, and perhaps this is one of the few specialists who can pozhat shoulders in response to what he said "Yes that you lived on one salary." If you look in their eyes, the programmers now - the most profitable of the wage occupations. That is, if you think about how to get more money and it does not have all those issues that are entrepreneurs in our country, then re-programmers in for a person with technical education is probably the most successful solution.

With regard to the question, can I take programmers elite ... Let's first see what the elite. Wikipedia is written (yes, I know that it is written many things wrong, but still): "The Elite (from francs. Elite - the best choice) - in sociology and political science - an integral and important part of any society. Performs functions management of society, as well as developing new models (stereotyping) conduct, allowing the society to adapt to the changing environment. " Proceeding from this, programmers can hardly be considered elite. In terms of behaviour while programmers not think of anything new: most of the Belarusian developers running from one office to another in search of where most pay. Just today are people who are lucky more rest. If tomorrow the West interested in growing in Belarus courgettes, then exactly the same lucky specialists courgettes, and the popularity of the profession programmer only have vzdyhat BGUIRovskih deans of faculties, looking at sharply reduce competition in the IT profession. Pah-pah-pah that this was not.

Yes, probably, and programmers can offend in this article, but, in general, I think, really can not be considered elite of those for whom thinks heads. Here are those programmers who are busy writing and promotion of its own software products (ie, shareware-programmers), the elite can already take. But their little, very little, and they prefer not to "shine". A pity - it is these people need as much as possible. However, this is a very different conversation ...

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