Woe unto IT professionals in the US who are ill-prepared to work in an offshored world. According to this report by InformationWeek’s Paul McDougall, analyst firm Gartner projects that 30% of IT jobs in the US will be offshored by 2015, up from the current 5%.
Mr. McDougall quotes Gartner analyst Frances Karamouzis, "It's a tectonic shift.” Ms. Karamouzis also adds that she doesn’t believe offshoring will result in a net loss of IT jobs in the US. She’s quoted as saying, "There are a lot of people who are currently programmers who could transition to higher-level positions where you need to be close to the customer."
The same article quotes an analyst from Moors & Cabot as agreeing with the size of the shift, but not the period under which it’ll transpire. Says Cindy Shaw, “it's going to take 20 to 25 years, not 10.”
You can read, “Gartner Predicts Huge Increase In Offshore Outsourcing by 2015” here.