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Consumers want outsourced jobs returned to UK

Tash Shifrin

Almost one in three of the UK public thinks companies that have outsourced work overseas should be forced to return jobs to Britain, a new survey has revealed.

The Deloitte/YouGov survey of more than 2,000 employed adults found that 82% believed enough jobs had now been offshored, compared with just 4% who supported continuing offshoring.

The survey conducted last week found that 32% believed that companies should be made to return jobs to the UK – an increase on the 22% who argued jobs should be brought back in a January survey.

David Owen, consulting partner at Deloitte, said the negative view of offshoring was fed by personal concerns over job security.

“Growing awareness of the increased mobility of both resource and labour is causing anxiety with 17% of respondents believing that offshoring presents a threat to their own jobs,” he said.

But this month’s SSL/Computer Weekly Survey of Appointments Data and Trends found no net loss of UK jobs. Instead, the type of employment on offer was changing, with offshoring leading to fewer junior IT posts advertised but an increase in recruitment at more senior levels.

Senior permanent IT posts advertised on the web rose 12% year-on-year while the number of junior posts fell slightly. In the contract market, demand for senior staff was static, but demand for junior staff fell by nearly 10%.

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