There’s a tectonic shift happening in the world of tech, a movement as real and forceful as the tectonic plates colliding to give rise to the Andes. It’s called Nearshoring, and it’s throwing open a compelling new chapter in the narrative of global tech talent. Today, we navigate the contours of this shift, zeroing in on Latin America’s ascent as a formidable tech talent hub.
Imagine, for a moment, you are the CEO of a burgeoning tech startup. You need high-quality tech talent, but Silicon Valley salaries are enough to make you spit out your artisanal, single-origin coffee. For you, the new era of remote work, supercharged by the pandemic, has broken the geographical handcuffs. The world, dear friend, is your talent pool. But where do you cast your net?
Enter Latin America, a region not just known for its vivacious culture, world-renowned beaches, and tantalizing gastronomy, but increasingly, as the go-to destination for nearshoring tech talent.
Why Latin America, you ask? Well, take out your abacus, and let’s talk numbers. Latin America has over 640,000 IT professionals and a pool of over 1.5 million related graduates. That’s right, amigos. More tech professionals than Silicon Valley and New York combined, and a time-zone proximity that makes collaboration as smooth as a fine tequila.
Let’s further dissect this phenomenon and explore the hows and whys of Latin America becoming a tech talent hub.
Three factors are converging to give Latin America the edge in the nearshoring game: Time zone, Talent, and Cost.
Time Zone: No more setting an alarm for ungodly hours to sync up with your offshore team in Bangalore or Shenzhen. With Latin America, you share the day, which means real-time collaboration, faster turnaround times, and fewer miscommunications.
Talent: Latin America is home to an exploding number of tech graduates each year, as universities and governments pour resources into STEM education. We’re not just talking about quantity; Latin American professionals often have high levels of English proficiency and exposure to U.S. culture, leading to more efficient communication and cultural fit.
Cost: While the cost of living and wages have skyrocketed in traditional tech hubs, Latin America offers competitive salaries without compromising the quality of talent. A report by Clutch showed that the cost of tech talent in Latin America could be as much as 50% less than in the U.S.
Now, let’s highlight the key players in this game-changing narrative.
When it comes to sheer tech prowess in Latin America, Brazil, and Mexico tower above the rest. Brazil, with its booming tech scene, is home to about 35% of Latin America’s tech talent. On the other hand, Mexico, with its proximity to the U.S. and high English proficiency, is becoming the favored nearshoring destination for many U.S. companies.
Close on the heels of these twin titans are Colombia and Argentina. With heavy investments in tech education, infrastructure, and startup-friendly policies, these nations are rapidly establishing themselves as tech powerhouses.
In short, the nearshoring wave is reshaping the tech talent map, and Latin America is right at the crest of this wave.
Listen up, tech behemoths and startup gladiators, it’s time to ride this nearshoring wave. As companies grapple with the challenges of a post-pandemic world, nearshoring to Latin America offers a
robust solution. It’s a chance to capitalize on a wealth of tech talent, cost advantages, and convenient time zones.
So, if you’ve been bemoaning the scarcity of tech talent, look beyond the confines of Silicon Valley. Set your sights southward. In Latin America, the tectonic plates of tech talent are moving, rumbling with potential, and waiting for you to harness their power.
It’s time to recognize that the future of tech isn’t just about the ideas conceived in lofty towers of glass and steel. It’s about finding the best minds to turn these ideas into reality, no matter where they are. Latin America is beckoning. The nearshoring wave is here. Ride it or get left behind.
Like they say in surfing, the best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. It’s time for tech companies to take that ethos to heart. Embrace the nearshoring wave, find your groove with Latin America’s burgeoning talent, and enjoy the ride. It’s not just good business—it’s a damn good time.
Charlie Solorzano is an Executive Search Consultant at Alder Koten, a company that helps organizations hire the right executive talent. With over 20 years of experience in executive search, Charlie has helped many professionals successfully negotiate their salaries. He believes that salary negotiation is a critical step in the hiring process, and it requires careful preparation and strategy to achieve the desired outcome.