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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Can you give me a few examples of IT jobs that cannot be moved to another country, and why?

    Exclude the ones where physical and cultural proximity is important -- requirements, sales, UI design, customer hand-holding.
    • Can you give me a few examples of IT jobs that cannot be moved to another country, and why?

      Exclude the ones where physical and cultural proximity is important -- requirements, sales, UI design, customer hand-holding.

      A good portion of government and defense related IT jobs cannot be moved offshore. Some of that work is done by offshore subcontractors, but certainly not all of it. And there is a limit to how much can be sent offshore due to political, legal, security, or privacy issues. With added r

      • A good portion of government and defense related IT jobs cannot be moved offshore.

        Nearly all our Goverment and defense related IT here in Denmark is done by a US company - OK most og the workers are danish, but the owners and the management is american.

        It bothers me quite a bit, but it doesn't seem to bother the goverment, who happily sold our CPR (Central Person register, cnf. the US Census and the registry of births and deaths rolled into one - it contains your current address social status and so on

        • OK, it's not outsourcing the IT jobs, it outsourcing the management, but I think that it's even worse.
          Right, this is neither outsourcing nor offshoring IT. There are similar situations all over Europe, where foreign companies (usually American) are employing locals to do work for the local market. The jobs are staying in-country, not moving to Elbonia because IT costs are cheaper there.

          The same thing is happening in the US: instead of direct employment, lots of jobs run by contracting organizations that hire local staff. Sometimes, the contractor (e.g. IBM Federal Services) hires the customer's former employees to do work for the customer.

          We see the same results, except on a smaller scale. Profits from a contract in Pennsylvania pay for staff in Pennsylvania, but mostly go back to the home office in California, New York, Washington State, or elsewhere.