The Channel logo

News

By | John Oates 12th May 2010 14:49

Outsourcing goes inside

Indian prison offers offshoring services

An Indian outsourcing firm is working with prison authorities to set up a 200 man unit to handle back office and data entry functions for businesses worldwide.

Charlapally Central Jail near Hyderabad was chosen because 40 per cent of prisoners are well-educated. Lags will get the chance to learn some skills that might actually get them a job once released.

There will be 200 jobs in the unit - made up of three shifts of about 70 people - to provide 24-hour coverage, the BBC reports.

The prison governor told the Beeb an area had already been found for the computers. The main focus for their work is expected to be back-office functions for banks.

Wages will be far higher than normal for Indian prisoners. Typically jobs like weaving earn a prisoner 15 rupees a day (22 pence) but men working in the offshoring unit will get between 100 and 150 rupees a day (between £1.50 and £2.24).

The pilot project is a private-public partnership between prison officials and Radiant Info Systems. Radiant confirmed the story to the Register.

US prisons have long recognised the economic possibilities of their prisoners and there are a wide variety of public and private businesses which use prison labour. Apart from making license plates and post bags, these include supporting back-office functions and even running call centres for airlines. ®

comment icon Read 18 comments on this article alert Send corrections

Opinion

Alexandre Mesguich

Change is order of day as tech giants shift strategy gears
Partnership

Frank Jennings

Confused? No problem, we have 5, no 6, no 7... lots of standards

Chris Mellor

VC sequence could end not with a bang, but a whimper
Sad man stares glumly over boxed contents of desk. Image via shutterstock (Baranq)

Features

money trap conceptual illustration
Big boys snare the unwary with too-good-to-be-true deals
Angus Highland cow
Pet carriers not wanted for whitebox stampede
FBcoldstoragearray
Sorry OpenStack and Open Compute, we're not all Facebook
Gary Kovacs, CEO of AVG. Pic: World Economic Forum
Scammy download sites? Government snooping? Run of the mill for Gary Kovacs