NB: Serious question
South Africa has – by and large – escaped the scorched earths resulting from outsourcing-to-India.
Quite the opposite, in fact: Barclays Bank [in particular] appears to hold a very low opinion of South African developers, and as a result imports highly expensive staff from the UK. The South Africans, being paid peanuts by comparison, tend to emulate their hirsute brethren (pay peanuts, get monkeys), especially when it will cause the maximum embarrassment to their “betters”.
That said, it strikes me that IT outsourcing must be a pretty bad deal for the economy as a whole:
1. The retrenched are generally pretty well paid, so the drop in taxes paid must be significant;
2. Ditto the drop in the amount of money that the retrenched would have spent in the economy;
3. Ditto the amount of money that will now be paid in unemployment;
4. Ditto the amount of money (in hard cash) that will now be ‘exported’ to India;
So does nobody question these decisions ?
Or is it just that “That’s the global economy for you” – followed by a shrug – is adequate in pacifying Downing Street ?