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Future for IT

 
#1 Future for IT
06/06/2008 14:05

Bob

Since many firms are trying to offshoring as much of their work as possible I was wondering what jobs within IT would be offshored the most and which jobs would be safe in the UK.

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#2 RE: Future for IT
06/06/2008 16:10

anon to Bob (#1)

anything that involves new or novel technology, that is not mature enough to off-shore, client facing roles, roles at the interface between business and IT, IT governance, project mgmt, sales, security, there should be plenty of these types of roles on shore

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#3 RE: Future for IT
11/06/2008 16:41

cs97mmr2 to anon (#2)

You say that but my company is currently growing people offshore to take up those roles that sit between the business and IT for example. I honestly don't think much will be safe except those roles where you need Security Clearance to get on to client site.

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#4 RE: Future for IT
13/06/2008 19:49

Taxman to cs97mmr2 (#3)

Well a certain big blue company is only giving payrises to Indian staff in the hope that its UK and USA staff tootle off without requiring a package.

And as the MC's say IT is not a job that requires any scruples its a function like turd polishing.

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#5 RE: Future for IT
13/06/2008 21:25

Bhavesh Mahindra to Bob (#1)

Safe jobs are those which can't be done remotely - plumbers, hairdressers, tree surgeons, cabling technicians.

IT jobs, by their nature, can be done remotely.

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#6 RE: Future for IT
14/06/2008 14:50

Gunslinger to Bob (#1)

Billy Bob,

IT jobs that wont be outsourced involve client facing roles predominantly. Activities such as business analysis ( not systems analysis), pre sales, account mgt, client IT strategy, etc cannot be easily outsourced.

Note that these skills are also 'higher valued' i.e. they usually bring in the highest billing rates, and usually will be most prized my top mgt in your company than , say, design/devt skills.

Also note that these jobs require a focus on the 'soft skills'- the communication, presentation, creative thinking, coordination skills, etc and not strictly technical skills ( although you should have a foundation, not necessarilly mastery of technology , depending on role specifics).

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#7 RE: Future for IT
27/06/2008 11:35

Oggmonster to Gunslinger (#6)

Computers are dead.....this is the age of the radio

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#8 RE: Future for IT
28/06/2008 10:56

Joe Bloggs to Oggmonster (#7)

Having worked in IT for almost twenty years I would agree with the majority of the comments in this thread. The requirment for Project Managers, IT Managers and IT Directors is growing while the demand for entry level staff disappearing. It will be interesting to see what happens in ten years time with no new “blood” coming through. That being said, I am already pretty well progressed on the career ladder so it doesn’t pose me a problem.

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