Service Birmingham, the joint venture with Capita that provides services for Birmingham city council, has been asked to abandon plans to offshore IT and other jobs. A spokesman for Service Birmingham told GGC: "Our client, Birmingham city council, is asking us to revisit contractual commitments around offshoring with a view to …
"Our client, Birmingham city council, is asking us to revisit contractual commitments around offshoring with a view to discontinuing the initiative."
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"Damnation! Which idiot account manager signed a contract that wouldn't let us offshore private information processing and increase our lovely lovely profits"
Glad the council called them out on it though.
Good for you fellow geeks!
They already made one big mistake
by involving Crapita.
I've had my cake
sounds like all the consultants have been paid so it doesnt matter if the project doesnt go ahead.
I thought Birmingham was in India
Sorry that would be Bradford.....
I hope that was satire
Really, I do.
The joke alert icon a clue maybe?
@ Current moderatrix in charge: Is there a way to filter out political correctors' comments? They waste valuable HTML page space...
I agree with AC this sort of thing needs to be challenged - Having grown up near Bradford in the 80s, the "jokes" that certain people made about immigrant populations in inner city Bradford were some of the most racist bile I've ever heard.
Compare this against the rise of the EDL etc, and you just can't let it go.
Birmingham in India?
Well both dialects are equally difficult to understand from Skype call centre headsets
as an indian, i'm glad. no more cliche's about "thick indian accents", ignorance etc.
Ye-es - just wait until they have to talk to people with thick Brummie or Black Country accents...
that running things from Birmingham will mean less Indian accents.
I can think of a good reason for offshoring...
In order to sack everyone in the council (ESPECIALLY MANAGERS), then re-equip and rebuild lean and mean, whilst still providing some semblence of service in the meantime.
It's a lot easier to hire people for a new project than to have to fight unions in order to get rid of all the featherbedding/pork that builds up in local/national government (Govt employees are as parasitic on taxpayers as pensioners and unemployed - probably more so)
Outsourcing != offshoring
That's a common aim of Outsourcing, but offshoring doesn't necessarily follow from that step.
Besides, you can bet that the stupid procedures will be kept, just implemented differently
Like the hospital that I worked at that evaluated 7 widely used Hospital Information Systems and then decided to have a Directors son develop a new one because none of the 7 fit their working practices
All offshoring is theft.
I bet the taxpayers of Birmingham are not happy with the idea that their (hard-earned) taxes were going to be given away to India (a country which appears to be in a better financial state than the UK). At the same time increasing the unemployed so that the drain on the UK state purse is even greater.
ALL OFFSHORING IS THEFT!!!!