Let’s understand it from day to day instance. An employee working in an IT Corporate as a Software Developer wakes up at 7 in the morning and collects a packet of milk from the doorstep which is handed over by a delivery boy, then his mother orders some groceries over WhatsApp from a nearby shop asking the shopkeeper to home delivery.
She finishes the rest of the chores and prepares the breakfast and eats it with his son. His Son gets ready and starts his office by opening the laptop as he has opted for WFH for a week due to his mother’s health condition. He orders a list of medicines from an app, regularly needed by his mother to treat her ailment.
This is just a half-day story with a lot of characters, and surely while reading this our entire focus was inclined towards the Engineer and his mother. But did for a second we paid attention to the supporting cast, which included the shopkeeper, delivery boy and behind the scene cast who will be assembling and packaging the medicines, the logistic guy who safely delivered the stock of milk packets from the facility to the respective shop from where the door to door delivery happened. And did by any means was it possible for that Engineer to do everything on its own without taking any aid from the other role players. Of course not and you know why?
Because when something becomes common we forget to pay attention and give the value it deserves. That is what has happened to the NON-IT sectors and their jobs and as a result, there is a huge gap seen between the pay offered to an employee working in verticals like logistics, supply chain, sales, purchase, etc. compare to one working for Software development.
There are endless examples that reiterate such biasness, a person working in a Pharma industry as a consultant with three years of experience is paid half of what a techie with a similar experience draws.
But aren’t we all responsible for resonating this differentiation?
In our societies, a family with their earning members from an IT sector are considered affluent compare to those working in any other sector.
It is imperative to understand the importance of co-existence which is symbiotic in its true sense. This paradigm shift towards the IT sector has already started to create imbalance, where a big proportion of our youths are opting for a career in this sector and there seems to be more supply than the actual demand and the other sectors are not finding plenty of workforces, keen to get employment from them with the prevalent reason being “Pay- parity” between sectors.
We all can agree that technology is an inseparable part of our lives and there will always be curiosity, innovation, and buzz around it but we also have to admit that human intervention to carry out the activities will always be there and we should give it the kind of priority and value it deserves by treating such sectors and related job roles with utmost admiration by formulating a better pay model.
It is the interest and skill that should be the deciding factors while applying for any job, not the pay scale.