UK workers 'threatened' by offshoring

28-11-2006

UK workers 'threatened' by offshoring
Attitudes in the UK towards offshoring are continuing to harden, claims a survey from YouGov and Deloitte.

The report shows that the majority of Britons, 82 per cent, feel that enough jobs have already been outsourced in pursuit of the offer of cheaper labour costs in countries such as India.

A third of participants in the research also felt that UK companies should be forced to stop offshoring and bring jobs back to Britain.

According to the poll which questioned 2,000 people, 17 per cent of respondents believe that offshoring presents a threat to their own jobs while 25 per cent think the biggest threat to their job opportunities is the increasing number of workers migrating to the UK.

David Owen, a consulting partner at Deloitte argues that a lot of the negative attitudes to outsourcing are due to personal concerns over job security. The survey also showed that Britons feel that the biggest threat from the emerging economies of China and India.

Earlier this year, a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development showed that almost a third of all British firms feel pressured to move operations overseas.


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