On the danger to the UK economy of outsourcing
In response to Simon Moores who argued that the long-term effects of outsourcing technology and call centre jobs abroad will mean economic decline for the UK
Most of those who have been made redundant by outsourcing, and those of us whose jobs may be threatened directly or indirectly by future outsourcing, would certainly like to see the government take some action against the job exporters. How about blacklisting all the companies that do this?
Removal from government catalogues of approved suppliers will hit the shareholders just where they think they benefit. How about making it a condition of being a national or local government IT supplier that all development and support work must be carried out in the UK?
After all, it is our taxes that ultimately pay for it. Why doesn't the government surcharge the salary for each exported job for one or two years? At least the Treasury will have some cash to pay the inevitably larger dole bill.
No government has to stick to the market rules. The government should write the rules of how and with whom it will spend our taxes, otherwise we do not have a government.
Meanwhile, readers who feel they need to do something can take the first step by boycotting Tesco (Computer Weekly, 29 July) and getting their MP to earn his or her keep before they also get outsourced.
Finally, Computer Weekly can start by boycotting the euphemism "outsourcing". Lets call it what it is - "exporting jobs".
I am not a student of economics, but the main aim of any business is to make money for its shareholders and one of the ways of doing this is to cut costs.
One of the ways of cutting costs is to outsource. This is similar to looking at global sourcing for cheap raw materials.
This makes products cheaper and increases demand, so companies expand and, as a result, the economy expands.
More profits for UK companies means more tax and national insurance contributions for the government. This also creates more jobs in the UK.
The trend of moving call centres to other countries with lower costs will ultimately lead to cheaper services for the UK consumer and higher growth for the business and economy of this country.
I think the market should be used to strike a balance, not state the controls.
I have read a lot of comment on offshore outsourcing in recent weeks. Most of it has been fearful of the effect on this country's economy, but some claim it to be just another aspect of progress that will improve Britain's ability to compete in the global marketplace.
I find that I am one of those who can only see the negative side and disagree with arguments in favour of outsourcing.
The traditional view of progress has been highlighted by the plight of the Luddites who fought to prevent their repetitive manual labour jobs being replaced by mechanisation.
More recently, tedious clerical jobs have been replaced by computer systems. In each case, relatively expensive manual tasks were replaced by labour saving devices to the benefit of society in general.
The current trend in outsourcing seems to be throwing all this in reverse. Offshore outsourcing is based on the principle of using the vast cheap labour resources of other countries, thereby removing the drive for ever more efficient use of our own manual labour.
Surely we should be trying to raise the productivity of a few highly skilled individuals, rather than using the sledgehammer of a billion work hours?
Dave Overall, Redvers Consulting