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Monday, 9th July 2007

Offshoring, a threat for the UK's knowledge jobs?

Offshoring, a threat for the UK's knowledge jobs?
Source: The Work Foundation

Global changes in the location of production and the outsourcing of tasks to low-wage countries have dominated the public discourse for some time. Especially the relatively recent IT boom in India, which has led to some media hype, nurturing a fear in high income countries such as the UK that even relatively high-skilled, well-paid jobs are now also under threat by this next wave of technology driven globalisation.

This paper aims to provide a big picture account of this phenomenon by examining the extent and the nature of offshore outsourcing as well as its impact on the UK labour market.

It aims to provide a reasoned critique of existing literature on the topic, based on official trade data and interviews with business experts carried out in India in May 2007.

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