Allay offshoring fear with unique abilities

So, many IT directors are worried about flagging staff morale and retaining the best staff (, 25 January). Isn’t it their job to be, at least, concerned about such issues?

Competent managers should be able to cope with such situations and should develop policies for doing so. One way is to contact counterparts at other organisations to see how they manage these issues.

Many IT staff are worried about their jobs being offshored to cheap labour economies such as India. Well that is what happens in free-trade markets. No doubt many of these ‘uncertain’ IT staff want to support calls for genuinely free and open world markets as one way of alleviating poverty in poor countries.

The answer is to ensure staff have the type of skills which cannot easily be exported. That is a training issue which IT directors should address.

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