Whenever someone mentions outsourcing, you can't not think about South Asian countries, especially India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. This is because these countries are known for three things - eager workforce, cheap labour and high-quality technical services offered by qualified professionals. Unlike with writing projects, technical work don't need native English speakers, nor do they need an excessive understanding of each and every field of business. Technical work is always specialised, clearly specified and done according to certain global standards. Because of this, technical projects can easily be outsourced to professionals in South Asian countries.
For instance, MEP designing is a highly technical and specialised skill and only qualified, trained and experience professional CAD designers undertake such projects. Especially useful in mechanical and electrical engineering, MEP designing is also used in architecture and civil/structural engineering disciplines. Regardless of the project scope, excellent MEP designing services are offered by several freelancers and since they lack huge overheads and often work from home, their quoted prices are 1/3rd of the cost you would normally receive from corporate service providers.
When you're considering outsourcing your MEP designing and other technical projects to a South Asian country, it's necessary to realise that each country has its own economic system and while one person may quote $100, another may quote $50, depending entirely on the freelancer's location. Besides the level of experience and qualifications, the prices quoted will be highly effected by how many people are involved in the project, the number of days estimated for completion and the actual physical location of the person working on a project.
As of early July 2008, $1 equals approximately 43 Indian Rupees, 107 Sri Lankan Rupees and 45 Philippines Pesos. So, from among the three most popular outsourcing destinations, the current global economic situation suggests your technical work should be outsourced to a professional in Sri Lanka. To get the most out of every dollar you spend, you should definitely consider outsourcing your technical projects to Sri Lanka.
Shanki de Silva is a professional freelance copywriter. Her expertise ranges from travel and hospitality to business and human resources. The current article is merely promotional material for http://www.mepdesignbpo.com - a MEP design projects BPO group involved in providing services to Western, European & Middle Eastern clients.