Tech Workers’ Losing Fight to Match Overseas Wages: Here’s an awfully depressing article about overseas outsourcing that counters some of the more positive news we’d been hearing.
Stocking shelves and hauling boxes on the graveyard shift at Target was something Ed Marx never imagined he would be doing. After 27 years as a computer programmer, Mr. Marx said, he thought his technology skills ensured he would be employed in that field for many years.
It has not turned out that way. In August 2002, Mr. Marx, 49, lost his job at the Computer Sciences Corporation, a technology contractor and services company in Moorestown, N.J. Mr. Marx and his company say he was a victim of offshore outsourcing, known as offshoring. Unable, so far, to find a full-time job in his field, he has been working at Target since September.
And just to make sure I’m doubly-screwed, the market in which I do technology work for — commercial real estate — is taking a hit from outsourcing too.
Overseas job outsourcing is not only leaving a trail of unemployed Americans, it’s leaving behind emptier office buildings and factories […] “We are losing the equivalent of one-third of the Chicago CBD every year — 53 million square feet of space not occupied and approximately $1.2 billion in rent alone — due to offshore outsourcing…”
It’s comforting to know that my primary market is being threatened by something that’s killing off my secondary market too. It’s like someone shooting at a trapeze artist while cutting holes in his net at the same time.