The making of the ‘precarious’: examining Indian immigrant IT workers in Canada and their transnational networks with body shops in India

Maitra, S. (2015) The making of the ‘precarious’: examining Indian immigrant IT workers in Canada and their transnational networks with body shops in India. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 13(2), pp. 194-209. (doi: 10.1080/14767724.2014.934070)

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Abstract

Since the 1990s, temporary staffing agencies have been playing a key role in managing and supplying a ready pool of skilled workers to the global IT market. Yet, such agencies often regulate their workforce to maintain flexible, low-cost and accommodating workers. Due to continuing racial and gendered barriers, many immigrant Indian IT professionals living in Canada are increasingly depending on many such India-based staffing agencies (body shops) to get into IT employment globally. Such associations I argue are turning the workers into a self-regulated and precarious workforce subjected to severe regulations and flexible work patterns of the agencies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maitra, Dr Srabani
Authors: Maitra, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Globalisation, Societies and Education
Publisher:Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:1476-7724
ISSN (Online):1476-7732
Published Online:04 November 2014

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