Fear Of Offshoring May Lead To More Of It
from the you-have-only-yourself-to-blame dept
With all of the talk about IT jobs being offshored to India, it wouldn't be surprising for that to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. A new study predicts a shortage of qualified IT workers, and cites the pervasive perception that IT isn't a good career to go into in the United States due to foreign competitive pressure. In contrast to all the hand wringing and rhetoric, the labor picture for tech workers remains quite bright. But if American students become less interested in IT, and the availability of H-1B visas remains tight, then companies will have no choice but to look beyond US borders for labor. Even if it would be tough to conclusively prove a link between the fear of offshoring and the decline in IT education, the argument seems logical. It would be quite ironic to find out that those screaming most loudly about this fact may actually be pushing the trend forward in doing so. You'd think that people concerned about the economy would want to do everything to encourage students to gain high-tech skills.