NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


July 21, 2004

Claims that offshoring will gut employment in the Information Technology sector are totally at odds with reality. In fact, I.T.-related employment is expected to see healthy increases in the years to come, says Brink Lindsey of the Cato Institute.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the total number of computer and mathematical occupations will jump from 3.02 million in 2002 to 4.07 million in 2012 -- a 35 percent increase.
  • Of the 30 occupations projected to grow the fastest during the following decade, seven are computer-related.

Brinkley adds that offshoring is merely the latest manifestation of a well-established process in which jobs are eliminated or moved when market efficiency gains can be made.

In the last decade, for instance, the diffusion of I.T. throughout the economy has caused major shakeups in the job market: voicemail replacing receptionists, computers supplanting clerical jobs, and internal communication systems eliminating layers of middle management.

Source: Brink Lindsey (Cato Institute), "10 Truths about Trade: Hard Facts about Offshoring, Imports, and Jobs," Reason magazine, July 2004.

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