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    Outsourcing threatens security of American IT jobs

    Outsourcing threatens security of American IT jobs

    While there's still plenty of demand for IT jobs in the United States, as many talented American tech workers continue to showcase their skills and apply for high-level positions that require strong employees. But all too often these days, Americans are being passed over. Especially with older, more seasoned workers, employers are steering clear, looking in another direction to find cheaper labor.

    Often, this means looking to other countries where positions are scarce but labor is plentiful, with India chief among those nations. Companies are faced with this dilemma every day – when choosing between a 50-year-old IT veteran in Silicon Valley, with a sparkling resume and high salary demands, and a recent college graduate in Calcutta, happy to accept any paycheck he or she can get, the decision is easy. The company will take the more affordable laborer nearly every time.

    This has become a growing problem, according to UPI. One talented design professional has been out of work for months and frequently misses out on jobs when cheaper foreign workers are hired instead – she says this trend has no end in sight.

    "The people within the company who hire such people don't know the importance of hiring a person with a qualified designing background," said the worker, who declined to give her name to protect her professional reputation. "Such people can't deliver a great, quality design, whereas an experienced designer can deliver a great, quality design."

    What's the outlook at home?
    Despite the threat posed by IT outsourcing in recent years, the American job climate on the whole isn't looking too shabby. Unemployment has held steady between 7.5 and 7.6 percent for the last four months, a sharp decline from its levels of 9 to 10 percent just three years ago. The country is on the rebound from an economic recession, and the effects of the recovery have been felt everywhere, IT included.

    What's more, there are many tech firms in the U.S. pledging to hire in 2013. According to a recent study by Robert Half Technologies, 61 percent of tech firms were hiring for current openings in the second quarter alone. More positions are on the horizon.

    The question, though, is who they're hiring. There are plenty of jobs out there, but they're not often going to the qualified American professionals who need them. Some change – economic, social or otherwise – is needed in the years ahead.