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India has a abundance of software engineers and America needs more. This supply and demand situation, along with steep differences in earnings in the United States and the Indian subcontinent, is inspiring growth in the number of "remote" U.S. jobs for software engineers in India. But there is a gap in coding skill levels between the countries, creating a need for upskilling.

Pesto Tech, a startup in Gurugram, is offering a 12-week curriculum that "not only teaches software development but focuses on bridging cultural gaps and being an effective remote employee," says co-founder Andrew Linfoot.

Software engineers in India often earn as little as US$300 to US$500 per month, while their counterparts in San Francisco can make $150 in an hour—and similar amounts may be earned by people working remotely from anywhere in the world.

An average graduate of the Pesto program who lands a remote U.S. job may enjoy a major rise in income.

There is no upfront fee for Pesto's program. Instead, once a trained coder earns more than INR150,000 (around US$2,000) per annum for a full-time remote job, they must pay 17 percent of their annual income as training fee for three years through an income share agreement. If students earn less, the training is free.

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