[saymaListserv] re: outsourcing

Steve Livingston nc_stereoman at charter.net
Tue Jul 27 23:28:40 JEST 2004

According to the Global Insight Study commissioned by the Information Technology 
Association of America, offshoring of computer work "has created 90,000 new jobs 
in the U.S. through 2003".

According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics, 90,000 IT jobs were lost to offshoring 
during the year 2003.

It sounds nice to say that offshoring creates two new jobs for every job that it takes 
away, but I have a hard time staying focused on the platitudes without being 
distracted by trying to follow the money trail.

It seems to make more sense to look at the number 90,000 in terms of a percentage 
of the total work force - that would be 0.07 percent - and wonder if maybe it makes 
more sense to address the jobs issue from a different perspective. As an analogy, 
how much time should you spend putting in that new home security system if your 
foundation is rotting away?


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