Why Hiring Offshore is a Positive Force in the World

Hiring offshore

There is a lot of negative press about companies off-shoring jobs to India or the Philippines.

If you read an article about jobs going offshore and hiring offshore you hardly expect it to be a positive news article.

Politicians use off-shoring for their own advantage

Politicians LOVE it when there is an enemy. Their popularity and approval ratings go through the roof when they have someone or something to rally against. Putin in Russia during their elections was using anti-American rhetoric to rally the population of Russia. US leaders did a similar thing, taking advantage of an “enemy” to build their own popular support.

Politicians use “offshore jobs” as another way to create an enemy. The enemy is the countries that are “stealing the jobs”. This is a very nationalistic way to think about things. My country deserves the jobs, but your country does not.

Who deserves the jobs more?

If you are thinking only about your own country then you are going to be upset when jobs “move” from your country to another country. If you think of yourself as a citizen of the world, then you certainly wouldn’t be upset.

Imagine that a business in Los Angeles moves its office from one side of the city to the other. The jobs that were in one neighborhood move to another neighborhood in Los Angeles. Can you imagine protests about this? Of course not.

However if you’re a citizen of the world, then jobs moving from the US to India is the same thing psychologically. Moving from one neighborhood of the world to another.

A job for one person does not mean that another person loses their job

The media focuses on the idea of jobs being “lost” to another country. If you look at an isolated case, it might seem like this is what is happening in one company. This is just the small picture view of the economy as a whole.

There are benefits to everyone when companies move jobs offshore. The company benefits by becoming more competitive, the person offshore benefits by getting a better job with better pay and improving their skills, consumers benefit by getting more competitive products and services and the person onshore who lost their job can also benefit in the long term. It might seem like a dead end for this person or might seem like they have lost.

In the long term however they benefit by being exposed to new opportunities in their advanced economy.

Businesses that outsource globally are more competitive

Let’s say you want to hire a web developer for your business. You decide to look in your street (population 40 people).

Will you find a great developer to work for your business?

It’s going to be difficult. There might be one developer, but likely they’re not available or aren’t exactly the right person you are looking for. You expand out to your neighborhood (10,000 people). While it’s possible that you could find a great web developer in your neighborhood, why not expand to looking in your city? Or why not expand to looking in your entire country?

And if you’re thinking globally, consider hiring across the entire world.

This way of thinking; globally rather than locally, is a competitive advantage in your business. There are resources in terms of suppliers, employees, technology that are available around the world and not in your local area.

Ultimately our philosophy with Staff.com is that the best person deserves to get the job, no matter where they are around the globe.

Distance does not matter. Skills, dedication to the job and the ability to do a great job a reasonable price, these are the things that matter when hiring someone.

 
About the Author:

Rob Rawson is a co-founder of Staff.com, a global recruitment platform where you can access very talented staff at affordable rates. They also have a technology called Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on, even when working from home.

Rob resides in Sydney, Australia but can also be found in major cities around the globe, like Paris, Kiev or San Francisco.

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4 Comments

  1. m lee says:

    When the cost of living in Sri Lanka is a tenth what it is in the US, how on earth is it equitable for a U.S. designer to compete with the SL fee structure?

    Makes no sense.

  2. philippine job site says:

    The citizen of a certain country might not be contented by how the economy is going on by their own country. Maybe the pay is not enough to supply their needs. Practically we all need money for our needs.

  3. Matt G. Leger says:

    Mr. Rawson: Your argument for considering offshoring jobs a good thing is specious on the face of it. Moving a job across a local neighborhood is NOT comparable to moving a job overseas, because in the first case the same economy (that of the city and country) still benefits, but in the second, the income and job is lost to that economy and benefits another city and country.

    As for employees who lose their jobs to offshoring being “better off in the long term,” try explaining that to a programmer with a family of four who is the sole breadwinner in the household and suddenly has to figure out how to feed his family and keep the roof over their heads – NOW, not months or years from now. Have you looked at the job market lately? There aren’t any “new opportunities” for far too many of us…and won’t be. They most certainly have lost if their employer laid them off because he could employ someone in Bangalore or Hong Kong to do the same work cheaper.

    Finally, I would add that in boom times, your suggested way of thinking “globally and not locally” might be acceptable, but these are decidedly not boom times. The US is still recovering from the worst economic crisis it has faced since the Great Depression of the 1930s – a recovery that still has failed to yield jobs at much more than a tepid pace. Our very economic survival as a nation demands that we think of our own country first, and give preference to people here who need jobs – especially those who have been looking for months or even years. India and China already have enough of our jobs without us needing to send them even more.

    Your firm makes its money from offshoring, so you are all too obviously speaking from a vested interest. I would suggest you try to put yourself in the shoes of your fellow Americans who are desperate for work and income – and understandably furious at employers who create or send jobs overseas – before you continue down this rhetorical path.

    • Rob Rawson says:

      “Our very economic survival as a nation demands that we think of our own country first, and give preference to people here who need jobs” – It really comes down to that. Do you feel that people in your country deserve the jobs more than another country.

      I really believe in equality and equal opportunities for all people, no matter where they live.


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