Blog entry by System Administrator
I don't think I could invent any type of work that is more perfect for offshoring/inshoring than IT.
1) Unlike manufacturing, you don't have to mess with physical inventory. This is huge. Shipping costs, and other supply chain costs, can be very substantial. With IT, everything is done over the internet. Perfect for offshoring.
2) Unlike manufacturing, you don't have to worry about special plants, or special equipment, special environmental regulations, or worker safety issues. Just use ordinary computers, and ordinary office space. Dealing with foreign regulations for building permits, and the like can be a nightmare. With IT, you don't have to bother with any that. Just rent space in an existing building. Even if you build your own building, you don't have to bother with all the special issues that go with manufacturing.
3) Unlike health care, or other fields, you don't have to bother with sort of special education, or licensing requirements. For example, we can import nurses from Mexico, they would not be qualified. Health care licensing is regulated by the state. Nothing like that to worry about with IT, legally, practically anybody can do practically anything.
4) No unions to fuss with. Replace all the IT workers you want with visa workers, then send the entire department offshore. No need to worry about union pushback.