Once Again, Offshoring Not As Big A Deal As Many Believe
from the and-again dept
For many years, we’ve contended that offshoring wasn’t such a big deal. We did make it clear that it probably didn’t work as well as some supporters claimed, and that many companies that offshored work would later regret it. However, that didn’t mean that companies should be barred from offshoring, or that offshoring was necessarily bad. Yet, whenever we post about it, people show up to complain that all American tech jobs are being outsourced and there are no jobs left for techies in America. We’ve already seen that that’s untrue, and these days, it’s actually quite difficult to hire strong techies in many companies. Last year, we saw a report that noted that most tech companies did very little offshoring — and now there’s a new report coming out looking at all different kinds of American companies (not just tech ones) and discovering that most CIOs aren’t huge fans of offshoring either. They’ve discovered what we predicted back in 2003: sending jobs overseas because they’re cheaper is often less efficient, because of the difficulty in managing people from so far away in a different time zone. So, can we finally put to bed the myth that offshoring is killing off the American tech job?