While America is regarded as the number one job market in the world, Americans’ anxiety towards the future of employment for American citizens has continued to mount up. And, top in the list of American’s anxieties regarding future employment is the continuous shift of jobs abroad. Outsourcing (and particularly offshoring) has been a lingering concern – many Americans have long been clamoring for the return of all jobs back home; and the present President, Donald Trump appears to be on the side of those with the opinion that American jobs should be retained at home and not taken elsewhere.
The Big Question?
As the economy seems not to be bouncing back full time for what seems like ages; for employers looking for every possible way to cut back cost and maximize profit, would this clamor for bringing jobs back home eventually become a reality? It’s a serious question to ponder on by all.
Job outsourcing in the United States is not new…
Whether it is tech jobs, customer service and just any other business function, job outsourcing is not new. In fact, tech jobs outsourcing is as old as you can’t imagine. For instance, if you know Fairchild Semiconductor company and its operational mode, you will recall that this foundational company located in Silicon Valley lunched a factory in Hong Kong, as far back as 1964. And, two years down the line, Fairchild had employed more workers in Hong Kong than its founding base – California. Decades ago, the production of semiconductor shifted to Asia, and the assembling of iPhones are accomplished there also. Right now as we speak, IBM’s employees in India are more than their employees in the United States.
The steps that the tech sector adopted in recent time weren’t something that wasn’t foreseen. In the U.S, the employment geography has increasingly become imbalanced – there’s concentration of high paying tech jobs in Seattle and San Francisco Bay area compared to the rest of the country.
Now, look at the recent headlines that confirmed this serious imbalance;
- “Amazon announced the 20 communities that are competing for its second headquarters in North America – one in Canada, Toronto precisely, and the remaining 19 in the U.S.
- Apple followed suit by announcing its intention to open additional campus – somewhere in the U.S.
- “Michael Moritz — Venture Capital Giant Sequoia, insinuates that their Chinese workers are industrious and hardworking in comparison to their lazy workers at Silicon Valley.
Need more headlines that confirm outsourcing by the big names isn’t ending soon?
Just recently, Google lunched another office in China, in Shenzhen city — its third office in China. In fact, we should get ready to witness more of these outsourcing trends in the days to come.
Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of premiere global outsourcing company, 123Employee. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, Beyond Marketing Live! inspires entrepreneurs build & grow their business with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyle of their dreams.