This article was written by Claire Gordon and originally appeared on AOL Jobs.
U.S. corporations moved millions of jobs overseas in the last decade. But it isn't just executives who can play this game. In the search for cheaper labor and greater profits, one employee at a critical infrastructure firm outsourced his own job to China.
The star software developer at a US infrastructure firm decided to hire a Chinese programmer to do his job for a fifth of his salary, according to the Verizon (NYSE:VZ) RISK Team security blog
. (The post doesn't disclose the name of the company or the employee, so AOL Jobs could not independently verify the information.)
Then he spent the rest of the day watching cat videos and bidding on eBay
(NASDAQ:EBAY) auctions -- possibly even pulling the same trick at other companies, and piling up hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
The company first called in the
Verizon RISK Team, because management noticed something strange about its VPN logs -- the record of who had signed into its server and when. One of their employees was signed in, but was also apparently in Shenyang, China.
The company assumed it was some kind of bug, but the Verizon investigators noticed that someone in Shenyang had been signing in pretty much everyday, and often for the entire workday. So they checked out the computer of the employee who's credentials had been seemingly poached and found hundreds of invoices from a contractor -- in Shenyang, China.
Turns out, this employee -- who the investigators call a "family man" and "inoffensive and quiet" -- had been surrendering only a fifth of his six-figure salary, and freed up his day to play on the internet.
Good news for American workers: You too can benefit from low-cost labor abroad! Bad news for American workers: The work of that Chinese contractor was better than that of any of the company's actually employed programmers.
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