Offshoring Fails to Buoy a Sinking Job Market

And saving money on outsourcing should allow some companies to keep some jobs in the United States that they might otherwise have had to eliminate.

Marcus Courtney, president of the WashTechCWA union, said that scenario may indeed occur in the case of smaller, financially ailing companies.

But, overall, “very few companies are actually in that position,” he said. “Most companies into offshore outsourcing aren’t companies that are on the brink of collapse,” he added, citing Microsoft as an example.

The premise that outsourcing – regardless of flavor or variation – can preserve jobs at home generates plenty of reaction.

Readers responding to the previous column branded this assertion a fantasy – among other things.

Next Page: A grim outlook.

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