See for yourself:
So-called offshoring has become a hot-button election issue, as white-collar workers--including computer programmers--worry that their jobs may be shipped to low-wage countries such as India and China. In a November 2002 report, Forrester Research predicted that 3.3 million U.S. service jobs will move offshore by 2015.
That figure is a small fraction of total U.S. employment. But IEEE-USA said offshoring is contributing to "unprecedented" unemployment rates for U.S. electrical and electronics engineers, along with other information technology professionals.
The joblessness rate for electrical and electronics engineers rose in 2003 to a record 6.2 percent, compared with 4.2 percent in 2002, according to IEEE-USA. The 2003 unemployment rate for computer scientists and systems analysts reached an all-time high of 5.2 percent, the group said.
Being an unemployed IT professional in a country where unemployment has spent most of a decade over 10%, I can only smile.
Oh, have I mentioned that the I.T. department of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia was outsourc ed to EDS? That the State Bank of NSW was taken over by an American owned insurance company, and 600 of my fellow staff were dismissed? That the I.T. systems I supported for the 22 hospitals in the NSW North Coast were made redundant by an Oracle/Digital Equipment deal?
oh dear oh dear oh dear, poor USA, all that outsourcing potentially increasing job search difficulties.