LONDON, July 20 --

- Latest Survey From The IT Job Board Highlights Outsourcing Trends

Almost two thirds (64 percent) of companies have off-shored a portion of their
IT function in the last six months, according to the latest piece of research(1)
from The IT Job Board,

And 34 percent of the IT professionals surveyed stated that more than half (51
percent) of their IT department had already been off-shored; 79 percent said to

When asked whether their companies were planning to off-shore in the next six
months, exactly half (50 percent) said they believed they would be. And, 75
percent thought the work would go to India.

In terms of the roles being affected, 79 percent thought software developer
jobs were being outsourced overseas, 71 percent stated programmer roles, and 67
percent advised IT support jobs are being impacted.

40 percent believed that the main issue with off-shoring is a lack of business
knowledge. And, 83 percent stated that it is having a negative impact on the
quality of their IT. 76 percent also felt that it presented no long-term benefit
to the economy.

Teresa Sperti, head of international marketing at The IT Job Board, said:
Off-shoring is becoming an increasingly popular phenomenon, particularly as
companies look to reduce cost during these difficult economic times.

The UK is in the midst of a skills crisis, which is currently being undermined
by the recession. If we are going to combat the long-term issues associated with
IT skills, then businesses should be looking to train and utilise local talent,
rather than off-shoring their IT activities. Companies also need to weigh up the
cost benefit with the trade off in quality, before making the decision to

Notes to Editors

About The IT Job Board:

The IT Job Board group of companies was set up in April 2002 in recognition
that recruitment in the IT sector was increasingly dominated by the internet.

Online technology enables sophisticated targeting - for example by skill,
region or experience - of’s database of
800,000 IT professionals. The IT Job Board always tries to get closer to
candidates either via planned content campaigns, or through the use of social

The site also offers employers services such as branded job postings, a
featured employer zone, targeted email campaigns and guidance on advertising
copy. The managed campaign service filters responses to provide companies with a
shortlist of applicants most suitable for the advertised position.’s clients include Bloomberg, Nationwide,
Oxfam and Student Loans Company Limited.


(1) 298 respondents interviewed on the theme of `Off-shoring’ (July 2009)

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SOURCE: The IT Job Board

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