Offshoring leaves skills gap in UK

Sending junior level jobs overseas leaves few prepared for more senior positions.

It can make good financial sense to offshore junior IT jobs--good sense in the short run, that is. Over the long run, the practice is creating challenges for some companies searching for experienced professionals for more senior positions, reports Nick Heath at TechRepublic.

Businesses in the United Kingdom are discovering that onshore talent has dwindled as they've sent entry-level positions overseas to cut costs over the past 10 years. "We've damaged our own pipeline," said John Harris, chairman of The Corporate IT Forum.

According to a report by the forum, 59 percent of its members have not been able to recruit workers with the right skills for an IT position. The jobs that seem to be the most difficult to fill involve mid-level positions requiring at least several years of experience. Enterprise architects, solutions architects, application development, security and product-specific positions are the hardest to find.

"We all look dreadfully surprised when five years later we need to find an [enterprise] architect. Where do we grow architects from? We grow them from our analysts. Then we realize 'Ah, we don't have many of those any more because we shifted them out'," he said.

For more:
- see Nick Heath's article at TechRepublic

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