The Myth of High-Tech Outsourcing

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

Apr 27

Yesterday, I wrote about the increasing time it takes for a person to find a new job — moving from 16.3 weeks in February to 17+ weeks in March.

But not all job searches are the same.

In a Business Week Online article entitled The Myth of High-Tech Outsourcing, the article notes that it is taking an average of:

56 days to fill full-time IT positions, she says. Firms that want IT managers are looking at an even longer search–about 87 days. And the wait is only getting longer.

That, of course, is in the United States. But the problem in technology is that it’s not just an issue in the United States. Indeed, outsourcing was supposed to solve this problem, but:

there is so much global demand for employees proficient in programming languages, engineering, and other skills demanding higher level technology knowledge that outsourcing can’t meet all U.S. needs. “There would have been a lot more than 147,000 jobs created here, but our companies are having difficulty finding Americans with the background,” says William Archey, president and chief executive of the AeA.

And the reason why there is such a shortage of U.S. resources:

One culprit is the dearth of U.S. engineering and computer science college graduates.

So now, schools are trying to fix the problem by encouraging students to get involved in math and science careers. Indeed:

David Bair, national vice-president of technology recruiting at Kforce (NasdaqGS:KFRC – News), says that the U.S. needs a marketing campaign around technology. “We are going to have to make sure that we have students coming into the space,” says Bair. “We need to let people know this is an unbelievable career opportunity for individuals.”

The pundits proclaim that incentives are needed to get more students into technology.

Students aren’t that stupid. When American corporations lay off hundreds of thousands of tech employees in the name of outsourcing, students planning their newly minted careers coming out of college are bright enough to not put themselves into a career position where they have a high probability of having their job outsourced.

When companies lay off technologists, they aren’t showing that technology is “an unbelievable career opportunity for individuals.”

Unless they mean not having an income for a long period of time.

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.

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