1. India (#1 the year before)2. China (#2)3. Malaysia (#3)4. Egypt (#6)5. Indonesia (#5)
The geography of IT outsourcing is shifting rapidly. Yes, the usual suspects – India, China and Malaysia -- remain at the top of the list for job exports. But upstarts like Egypt, Mexico and even Estonia are emerging as serious players, according to research report from A.T. Kearney, the big consulting firm. One driver of change was the worldwide economic downturn, with falling currencies and wages making outsourcing more affordable. Kearney’s Global Services Location Index ranks the top 50 countries, each scored on 39 measurements, including local wages, utility rates, tax burden, education/IT certification levels, and security-risk factors. “We believe the era of globalization of services production has only just begun,” said Erik Peterson, managing director of Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council. “IT and business-process outsourcing are early manifestations of a larger trend that, in the long run, means that more functions can and will be considered.” For more about the report, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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