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India's grip on offshoring eases ever so slightly

India's dominance of the offshoring industry has eased ever so slightly, with Mumbai losing its position as the world's second-best place to outsource to Filipino capital Manila, according to the new Tholons 2014 Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations rankings report. The news isn't all bad for India: it's still home to six of the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014
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Capita ITS ditches UK job cuts, offshoring dream

Capita IT Services has finally shelved its plans to offshore jobs and make compulsory redundancies in 2013. In August just 84 unionised workers at the reseller-cum-integrator threatened industrial action over moves to send part of the service desk to India and push through job cuts across the wider organisation. Then last month …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2012
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Capita UK offshoring plan killed by customer backlash - insiders

Unite claimed victory over Capita IT Services' (ITS) decision to tear apart its offshoring blueprint, but company insiders claim that much more pressure had been imposed on management from customers who objected to the move. The union threatened industrial action in August over Capita's move, first proposed in March, to put 1, …
Paul Kunert, 01 Oct 2012
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Advice on offshoring issued to UK.gov IT bodies

Government bodies thinking of offshoring IT functions need to make careful plans to deal with the downsides, according to guidance published on the Cabinet Office website. The document acknowledges the potential benefits of savings, productivity and making better use of skills that may in short supply domestically, but while its …
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Capita job cuts, offshoring 'driven by expectations', says MD

Capita IT Services (CITS) boss Mark Quartermaine told staff the rapid expansion of the group through acquisition and more recently a slow down in sales led to the redundancy programme. As exclusively revealed by The Register, the public sector IT supplier informed 1,000 staff - more than 26 per cent of its total workforce - that …
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2012
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More Home Office and MoJ jobs could move abroad, union warns

Jobs at the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office could be next in line to be offshored to India, the PCS union has warned, with both departments joining a £1bn shared services venture with outsourcing giant Steria. The Shared Services Connected (SSCL) joint venture, in which Steria owns a 75 per cent stake and the Cabinet …
Kat Hall, 31 Oct 2014
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Union talks up offshoring dangers to UK economy

The Public and Commercial Services Union is warning that a wave of private sector jobs will inevitably move offshore as the government forces IT suppliers to cut costs. At the start of this week, PCS members working at HP voted in favour of industrial action over plans to axe 200 staff in the north-east working on the Adams 2 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011
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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

The Kremlin is set to ban Apple's iCloud as part of plans to throw up a new iron curtain around Russia's digital communications. Anti-data-offshoring laws will come into force on New Year's Day 2015 that require all data generated within Russia to be stored within its borders. Apple's iCloud service has been in the news …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Nov 2014
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HP's hiring: UK jobs for, er, UK workers.... maybe

HP has refused to rule out making roles redundant in the UK and shifting them to parts of Europe where average salaries are lower. Cost cutting HP last week entered into consultation with the works council and yesterday engaged with union types over plans to slash 7,100 roles across the region, the last tranche of 34k job cuts …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014
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IBM tries to patent offshoring

Two years ago, red-faced IBM executives ordered a patent application on offshoring jobs to be withdrawn. Last week it returned, more sophisticated than ever. The latest application, describes how to weigh various constraints, such as lack of a skilled workforce, against incentives such as tax breaks. It's called a "Method and …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2009

IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

Worstall on Wednesday HL Mencken once told us that in a democracy the electorate should get what they voted for – and good and hard too. So, on that basis, I present to you a piece on outsourcing, as requested by one Gordon 10. The commenter in question wrote: What would be really nice is [an article] on the race to the bottom on labour outsourcing …
Tim Worstall, 29 Oct 2014
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Grauniad faces offshoring strike

Guardian Media Group*Guardian News & Media is facing strike action from techies and possibly journalists if it pushes ahead with plans to start outsourcing technical staff. Although the paper has been an occasional critic of offshoring, the media group (GNM) desperately needs to save money after running up serious losses in …
John Oates, 21 Jul 2010
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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

An Australian newspaper is claiming that analysis of Apple's Irish subsidiary's finances demonstrates Cupertino's skill at offshoring its revenues is saving the company billions it would otherwise have to shell out in tax. The Australian Financial Review alleges (warning: may be paywalled) that over a ten-year period, Apple has …
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British Council faces legal action for offshoring

The British Council is facing legal action by unions, who are angry at its failure to consult with staff before announcing an offshoring project. The Public and Commercial Services Union is threatening to start a protective award case - a form of employment tribunal - to stop jobs moving to India on the basis that staff and …
John Oates, 29 Jul 2009
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Destination Korea: an emerging market for IT services

South Korea is being touted as the latest outsourcing market for global IT services firms to target, and could even emerge as an offshoring destination in its own right in the future, according to analyst outfit Ovum. The IT analyst’s latest Emerging Outsourcing Opportunities reportclaims the South Korean IT services market is …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Jun 2013
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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing the current way back office functions are deployed, citing further cost savings as the reason for doing so – and not, as our sources state, because of departmental in-fighting. Under the Next Generation Shared Service Strategy (NGSSS) rolled out by the Cabinet Office last March, the plan was …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
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New-wave offshorers present exotic new risks

A need to drive down costs is forcing many multinationals to look at emerging Asian offshore locations such as Indonesia and Vietnam, but IP security and privacy concerns continue to hold them back, according to a new report. Gartner’s Leading Locations for Offshore Services in Asia/Pacific 2014 report, paints a mixed picture. …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2014

New job in 2015? The Reg guide to getting out and moving on

Official stats show the British economy is recovering, with a huge demand for tech jobs across the board, and the storm of outsourcing and offshoring seen over the last few years now abating. Even those in Whitehall are hiring, bringing back in-house the planning and execution smarts they previously let go. For job-seekers, many …
Rachel Willcox, 24 Nov 2014
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Darling banks on offshoring to save UK plc

Budget 09 Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling presents his budget today as the UK faces its worse recession for a generation. And his big idea is using offshoring and shared services to cut billions of pounds, and thousands of jobs, from the civil service. The Operational Efficiency Programme promises to cut £15bn from budgets - …
John Oates, 22 Apr 2009

Cisco opens in Myanmar as US tech firms eye fresh territory

Networking giant Cisco looks set to be one of the first major Western tech firms to establish a presence in once-isolated Myanmar, after announcing two networking academies designed to train up locals for work in the country’s burgeoning IT sector. The collaborative project with the US Agency for International Development (USAID …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Mar 2013

HP workers under shadow of the axe edge towards ballot box

The Public and Commercial Services union is to ballot members working at HP over 600 planned job cuts to the services operation in the latest futile exercise to influence the company's decision making. As world + dog knows, HP's Make It Better Programme to rationalise the workforce is due to conclude by the end of October, by …
Paul Kunert, 01 Apr 2014
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UK unions calls time on offshoring

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to carry out a proper investigation into the impact of offshoring on British jobs. Offshoring is the practice of moving call centres and other business support functions abroad to save money. The DTI should provide best practice advice for …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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End in sight for IT jobs outsourcing massacre

The offshoring of IT work to developing countries has been very popular with accountants looking to cut costs, but the limits are being reached of what jobs can conceivably be sent overseas. Research by The Hackett Group estimates that of the 8.2 million business service jobs available in the US and Europe in 2002, only around 4 …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2012
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German chancellor attacks ‘unpatriotic’ offshoring

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has condemned the growing use of 'offshoring' - outsourcing business services to cheaper, poorer countries. Schroeder said offshoring reduced things that are necessary and important for Germany to "narrow, micro-economic questions", the Financial Times reports. His comments raise the …
John Oates, 23 Mar 2004
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Offshoring fears hit US college computing enrollments

CA World Scare stories about the offshoring of IT jobs to locations such as India are discouraging US students from studying computing, according to Yogesh Gupta, CA's chief technology officer. "Media hype about jobs moving offshore is leading to a drop in computer science course enrollments. This will lead to a dearth of qualified …
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2005
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Recession-battered Europeans still squeezing Vodafone's pips

Mobile operator Vodafone is still feeling the recession's squeeze in Europe as it posted another drop in revenues for the quarter ending last month. The British group said its service revenue, including joint ventures, for the quarter was £10.155bn, down 3.5 per cent year on year following a 4.2 per cent slip in the previous …
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Indian IT exporters coin windfall profits as rupee plunges

India has in recent weeks descended into a financial crisis, but despite dire economic warnings, industry watchers believe that the period of instability could actually benefit the country’s IT services giants and their outsourcing customers. Wednesday saw the Indian rupee fall to another new low, dropping over two per cent to …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Aug 2013
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Smart getaway drivers would yell at Officer Glasshole: 'SafeSearch off, Horse porn'

Quotw Redundancies at big tech firms, including both HP and Dell, were big news this week. At HP, the company has refused to rule out making roles redundant in the UK and then shifting them to parts of Europe where average salaries are lower. Corporate PR Clare Loxley said eloquently: It's a mixture of activities [in the redundancy …
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Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

It's taken as gospel by businesses – particularly in the technology industry – that when it comes to manufacturing, offshoring production to Asia is the only way to go. But a Moto X teardown by analyst house IHS shows this to be faulty logic. Moto X teardown by IHS Pieces of X (source: IHS) Motorola has been heavily marketing …
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2013
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Offshoring jobs threat 'exaggerated' - WTO

The threat of offshoring IT jobs overseas is overblown, according to boffins at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Its annual World Trade Report finds that people's fears about losing jobs overseas to countries such as India and the Philippines are greatly exaggerated and based on unfounded concerns rather than hard facts. …
Tim Richardson, 05 Jul 2005
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UK drivers' privates fondled overseas in new outsource plan

Transport for London (TfL) has proposed that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) vehicle keeper data - which includes names, addresses and registration plate numbers - should be accessed outside the UK by contractors working on the capital's congestion charge scheme. The congestion charge is run by IBM, which was …
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Offshoring a growing option

European companies are increasingly keen on offshoring business processes to cut costs, and British companies are even keener. Almost half of the top 500 European companies plan to move more jobs offshore in the next few years. But Britain and Europe are also a destination for European companies looking to relocate certain …
John Oates, 15 Jun 2004

Chinese cops shutter PRC's biggest pirate movie site

The Chinese authorities’ ongoing efforts to crack down on piracy have claimed another big scalp after police shuttered the nation's largest online source of not-entirely-properly-sourced movies last Friday, cuffing eight execs along the way. Siluhd.com is said to have over 140 million members, who each pay 50 yuan (£5) every …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2013
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DHL mulls offshoring remainder of IT staff

Parcel pusher DHL is considering offshoring the last remnants of its IT department. In September 2003 the Deutsche Post subsidiary announced it was moving its data centre to Prague in the Czech Republic, but reassured staff that it would retain an IT presence in Britain and Basel, Switzerland. Both centres are now at risk, with …
John Oates, 15 Apr 2004

Bored with patent trolls? Small fry - prepare for the Design Trolls

Changes to UK patent and design law affecting thousands of British businesses have been criticised by industry and Labour's front bench business team. The Intellectual Property Bill contains changes to design and patent law proposed in the so-called Google Review, better known as "The Independent Review of IP and Growth” by …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2014
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More job losses on the way as Tata picks up Telstra back office

In a multi-year, $US50 million deal, Indian giant Tata Consultancy Services is to expand its footprint in Telstra’s back office processing. According to The Hindu Business Line, the deal covers finance and accounting operations, and will replace more than 100 Telstra staff. A Telstra spokesperson contacted by the newspaper said …
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Lloyds mulls offshoring deal with IBM

High street bank Lloyds TSB is considering an offshoring agreement with IBM that could see as many as 10,000 UK jobs go overseas. The deal could be worth as much as £1bn over ten years. Many of Lloyds' IT staff would move to IBM as part of the deal. IBM would run the bank's internal systems, websites and the network linking its …
John Oates, 25 May 2004
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VMware plans courseware on smartmobes for Asian sysadmins

VMware is working on courseware designed to download to and run on mobile phones, as a way of ensuring sysadmins in developing nations can get their hands on the knowledge they need to build virtualised data centres without having to acquire a ruinously expensive PC or leave the bandwidth-poor communities in which they live. …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Sep 2013

Ebookers chief defends offshoring

Dinesh Dhamija, chief executive of online travel agent ebookers, has defended 'offshoring' - the practice of exporting business support services to cheaper, usually developing countries. Dhamija said his company would not have survived without moving some operations to India. After the attacks on the World Trade Centre ebookers …
John Oates, 17 Mar 2004
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Westpac drops tech roles

Westpac continues to slash jobs as part of its offshoring initiatives, revealing that it will cull a further 119 technology roles, most of which will be awarded to India’s Infosys. The job cuts follow on from the recent dismantling of 188 positions in November and 560 in February. The bank is in hot water with unions and …
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Union boss proposes ethical offshoring

Trades Union Congress general secretary Brendan Barber has proposed that employers who transplant British jobs oversees should take some responsibility for the holes they leave in the economy and peoples' lives back home. They should do this, he wrote in today's Financial Times, by taking out insurance to cover 70 per cent of …
Mark Ballard, 24 Aug 2006
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Offshoring inevitable, so get over it

The movement of jobs from high cost to lower cost countries is now inevitable and attempts by Western governments to stop it happening are doomed to fail, says analyst firm Frost and Sullivan. Some higher cost countries have tried to pass laws to stop the export of jobs but if successful this would force a higher cost base on …
John Oates, 03 Dec 2004
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Big boys turn backs on offshoring

Many of the world's largest organisations are turning their backs on outsourcing and one in four are actively bringing services back in-house. A survey from Deloitte Consulting reveals that 70 per cent of respondents have had significant negative experiences with outsourced projects. Just under half, 44 per cent, did not see …
John Oates, 19 Apr 2005
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Offshoring benefits UK job market

The UK has benefitted from the offshoring trend, a new report claims. It found that despite the regular reports of jobs going overseas, even more jobs have been created in the country as other nations offshore work here. The report, published by the Advance Institute of Management, reveals that Britain has been more successful …
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Nov 2004
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British employment law challenges offshoring

Recent changes to rules that protect British employees when a business changes hands have angered offshore service providers who fear becoming liable to British workers who lose their jobs. An employment law expert says the concern is justified, at least in part. Under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) …
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Birmingham council backtracks on moving IT jobs to India

Service Birmingham, the joint venture with Capita that provides services for Birmingham city council, has been asked to abandon plans to offshore IT and other jobs. A spokesman for Service Birmingham told GGC: "Our client, Birmingham city council, is asking us to revisit contractual commitments around offshoring with a view to …
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HP industrial action starts today

Unionised HP staff working on the Department for Work and Pensions Adam 2 contract are today starting industrial action over proposals to offshore their jobs to India amid government pressure on IT suppliers to cut costs. Support staff from India set to take over some of the functions next year are due to arrive in Blighty as …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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India takes on offshoring naysayers

An ambassador for the Indian software industry has been trying to wipe up the dirt that was smeared on his compatriots last month after an HSBC call-centre worker was arrested for allegedly defrauding UK customers. Visiting the UK last week, Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies) vice president Sunil …
Mark Ballard, 26 Jul 2006
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What does the offshoring backlash tell us?

Reader Poll We’ve had some great responses back on the article we posted earlier in the week, about how software development is becoming increasingly distributed with the twin prongs of outsourcing (vs keeping things in-house) and offshoring (vs keeping things local). Unsurprisingly perhaps, the most spleen is vented on failed offshore …
Jon Collins, 01 Oct 2008
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British bank cuts 4,500 IT jobs

Lloyds Banking Group is cutting 4,500 jobs from its IT department as part of its integration of Halifax and Bank of Scotland. The bank, which now includes Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows and Cheltenham and Gloucester, is 40 per cent owned by the taxpayer. It was pushed to bail out HBOS at the height of the financial …
John Oates, 13 Oct 2010