Australia is the world’s second biggest beneficiary of US offshore outsourcing, according to a new Meta Group study.
Fears of Australian IT workers losing jobs to offshore labour have dominated headlines in recent months. However, according to the analyst group’s 2004 IT Staffing and Compensation Guide, seven per cent of US IT labour outsourcing is contracted to Australia.
That figure puts Australia ahead of China, Ireland and Hungary, who tied at third place with six per cent. Not surprisingly, India ranked as the highest source of offshore labour at 55 per cent.
The report found just 20 per cent of survey respondents had a proportion of their workforce offshore last year.
Of these, almost half said less than five per cent of their workforce was deployed offshore.
At the other end of the scale, 11 per cent said they had more than 40 per cent of their labour force offshore.