I recently blogged about a Robert Half Technology survey in which just 6 percent of respondents said their companies sent work offshore -- a number that struck me and a number of other industry observers as awfully darned low.
An explanation offered by several folks, including CIO Insight blogger Brian Watson and Wall Street Journal blogger Ben Worthen, is that companies may not know -- or care -- whether their U.S.-based service providers like IBM and EDS send any tasks offshore.
A new survey of CFOs sheds further doubt on the Robert Half technology numbers.
Conducted by BDO Seidman LLP, it found that 49 percent of U.S. companies (all in the tech sector, and with annual revenues of $100 million to $15 billion) said they offshored some manufacturing or services outside the U.S. (That number matches up pretty closely with a CIO Insight survey, in which 45 percent of respondents said their companies engaged in offshoring.) The number was higher, 64 percent, for companies based in Silicon Valley.
And 79 percent of the respondents said their companies have non-U.S. business operations, reports InformationWeek.
Which tasks do companies offshore? According BDO Seidman's survey:
The InformationWeek article also includes some interesting data on favored offshore destinations and on CFOs' top concerns about offshoring.