INDIAN WOMAN AT CALL CENTRE PROVIDES INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMER SUPPORT IN BANGALORE.
An Indian woman at a call centre provides service support to international customers in the southern city of Bangalore Wednesday March 17, 2004. The hiring frenzy at call centres in India is the flip side of daily tales pouring out of the US and Britain, where thousands of software and back-office jobs are being cut as companies take advantage of cheap communications offshore to drive down costs. India is the undisputed leader of emerging markets to which developed economies are outsourcing high-technology jobs, IT consultancy firm Gartner said in a report released on Wednesday. The $3.6 billion industry in India is seen rocketing to 13.8 billion by 2007 with the number of jobs quadrupling to 1 million. REUTERS/Sherwin Crasto SC/