Stephanie Overby provides an evaluation of the hotspots of offshore outsourcing in the CIO annual guide to the topic, which you can download in PDF format here. (Praise be — no registration necessary.)
You’ll find concise descriptions of each country divvied up by region (why that way, I don’t know; do we really shop by continent?) and judgment calls on English language proficiency, programmer salary, geopolitical salary and overall ranking.
India gets five out of five stars for overall ranking — the only country to do so.
Ireland and Canada rank the highest for English proficiency and also offer the highest programmer salaries — above $20,000 per year.
Quick, six-page read. Keep it handy if global shopping for IT talent is part of your mandate these days.