New Delhi, in the 20-million-strong Delhi capital region of India, is a city of extremes, with the best of the best and the worst of the worst, says Brian Barnes, vice president of technology at American Express. "As an experience, it is only as good as the support you get from the company and the people you work with," says Barnes.
To give an idea of how New Delhi can change your expectations, Barnes says that after six months in New Delhi he returned to New York City for a visit and by comparison found it to be an orderly, quiet city.
What's hot: When it comes to tech jobs, New Delhi and the greater Delhi region are about technology consulting and systems integration. The skill sets needed are project management, high-end analytics, an understanding of credit and risk models, and critical system integration.
U.S.and multinational tech companies: Unlike Bangalore, New Delhi does not attract the high-tech giants such as Microsoft, Google, and Oracle that are doing software and product development. Nor is it the locale for the major outsourcing providers. Instead, because New Delhi is more about tech consulting and systems integration, you will find companies like American Express, GEPact, Prudential, and RMSI centered here to support analytics and other back-end products. "It's more of a systems-type approach," Barnes says.
Red tape: You can’t just come as a tourist and expect to get a job; a work permit is required. But getting one is trivial. Still, the paperwork will be easier if you can say you are filling a specific position for a named company. Permits can be submitted by the applicant to the Indian embassy in his home country, by an Indian company offering a position or as an intra-company transfer by an employee of a foreign company who needs to be transferred to an Indian branch. Immediate family members are permitted to join the applicant while living in India.
Language: The language of business in India is English. Those on a work permit are not expected to know any of the dozens of local languages and dialects such as Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil.
Financials: With the cost of living taken into account, jobs in New Delhi pay the same as jobs in the U.S. "You're not really going to gain financially, but you won't lose," Barnes says. He indicates the reason to come to New Delhi is not to make a lot of money but to benefit from the experience and personal growth.