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Unofficial salary survey for elearning/content development jobs

Update: See 2009 elearning and content development salary data here

There's an interesting debate raging in various forums about salaries in elearning/content development jobs in India. So here's starting an unofficial survey about salaries in this field. Nothing official about this survey -- all inputs available here are completely anecdotal and open to interperations by the readers. I do not make any claims about accuracy of these figures.

Add your comments in this blog about the salaries you have seen for various roles in various companies in India. And while you are at it, also add what do you want the salaries to be. This survey is not limited to instructional designers and technical writers. Feel free to provide inputs about salaries for other functions too.

Existing companies
Role:
Job title:
Education:
Relevant experience
Salary range (annual CTC):
Cool benefits:
Company size (# of people etc.):
# of people in elearning/content development:
City:


What I want
Role:
Job title:
Education:
Relevant experience
Salary range (annual CTC):
Cool benefits:
Company size (# of people etc.):
City:

Update: Results of 2008 Unofficial Salary Survey of elearning and content development jobs in India.

Are job sites encouraging attrition?

I have been fascinated by the recent advertisements of job sites. All bosses are shown as being really mean. Remember Hari Sadu? Or the bosses in ‘Guess whose heard from us lately’ ad. It’s really funny watching these ads. Remind me of old bollywood films (actually true for many new ones too) where characters are shown with exaggerated stereotypical characteristics.

And then there is the Happy Kumar ad. It reminds me of a conversation I had with someone who came to me to discuss this ‘fantastic’ offer she had and wanted my advice. In conversation with her, she mentioned that this offer would require her to relocate to a city where she did not want to go. And that she was actually very happy doing what she was and she was happy with the money she was getting currently. And the new job wasn’t something she wanted to do. I was very puzzled and wondered why she wanted my advice. She said, but hey this is a great offer. I wondered if Happy Kumar syndrome had caught up with her. Being happy and satisfied with your job is not such a good thing after all.

The most recent ad is about your pay packet making you feel small. This ad propagates that money is the only yardstick of how companies can show appreciation of talent. I wonder what this job site’s attrition rate is and what they pay to their people. And would money compensate for Hari Sadu? Surely no one will leave Hari Sadu if he paid more money. And we already know Happy Kumar is a really bad boy, being satisfied with what he is doing and all that.

Times have changed. Our parents spent most of their careers with one organization. This of course does not mean that we should spend our careers with only one organization. The fact is that there are indeed a lot more opportunities available now. ‘India Shining’ screams at us in the face. However I think we have gone to the other extreme now. It is now fashionable to change jobs at regular intervals. Does this regular change of jobs impact the individual or is it actually good? Will we really getting better at what we do if we keep changing jobs so frequently? Are we building a foundation or eroding our base?

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