Keeping Pace With Companies Using International IT


According to the U.S. Department of Labor U.S. companies employ 128,000 International IT workers. By 2015 U.S. companies will employ 472,000 international IT workers. In all job families 3.3 million U.S. jobs will be staffed by international workers by 2015.Your company and all companies must have IT professionals. Given their high cost and short supply alternative solutions are required. Without alternatives your company suffers and possibly even fails.The U.S. Government’s Bureau of Labor statistics forecasts 780,000 new IT jobs by 2016. American universities are graduating less than 15,000 students per year. If you do the math, U.S. universities will only be able to fill 150,000 of the 780,000 jobs.The Internet and widely available technologies such as virtual private networking make working from anywhere safe and effective. Given the huge cost differences in IT workers from India and China it is easy to see why the trends toward leveraging international IT workers continue to grow.According to a 2006 report by CNN the following Fortune 1,000 companies use international IT workers: Aetna, GE, Eli Lilly, Bristol Myers Squib, Proctor & Gamble, AllState, Bank of America, American Express, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, IBM, Verizon, DirecTV, Sprint, AT & T, John Deere, General Motors, Boeing, Black & Decker, Google, Coca Cola, Anheuser Busch, Exxon, Fruit of the Loom, Amazon, Home Depot, Office Depot, etc, etc.The vast majority of America’s largest and most successful companies currently use international IT workers. Using international IT workers started in the 1970’s on a limited basis and has expanded to over 128,000 in 2006 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau forecasts this number to grow to 372,000 by 2018 in large part because of the shortage of available IT workers in the U.S. New jobs being added in IT fields will increase demand to new levels.The widespread use in numbers of workers and across a wide spectrum of America’s largest companies underscores the effectiveness of the practice. Companies that adopt the use of International IT resources will improve the capabilities and competitive position into the 21st century.