The Corporate IT Forum has just found out that one result of offshoring entry-level IT roles has fuelled a shortage of experienced IT staff in the UK. Simply, if you offshore all the work that entry level IT staff would usually do to gain experience, after a few years, you have a lot fewer staff in the UK experienced enough to fill the more senior roles. For a more detailed review see this post in Tech Republic.
What we find interesting, is the corroboration of Peter Capelli’s theory (see previous There is No Talent Shortage post). While they can see their behaviour is causing them a problem, they are not willing to take a long view within their businesses. The obvious answer is to reduce the off shoring, but all they are willing to do is to provide a few apprenticeships – and pay higher salaries for the experienced people they need, due to the shortage of candidates they have caused.