The Human Side Of Offshoring
from the impacts-people-on-both-sides... dept
A great set of articles from the latest issue of Wired takes a look at the outsourcing issue by taking a closer look at some of the people it impacts on both sides of the debate. It’s absolutely true that the offshoring process is a terrible thing to go through for those who lose their jobs. There’s simply nothing you can say to make the situation better for them while they go through that process. However, if their companies can’t compete, then they’re going to end up losing their jobs anyway. As one of the additional articles points out, the anger against outsourcing is no different than the Luddite anger against computers taking away jobs. However, as always, whether outsourcing to cheaper labor or automation, the end result has been a net positive – opening up plenty of new job opportunities. In fact, the article profiles one “angry programmer” who is pushing for protectionist policies. However, even he found a new job relatively quickly that appears to have more challenges, more responsibility and will be a lot harder to offshore.