Offshoring and Unemployment: what’s the impact Australian employment?

With Telstra joining the long list of Australian companies offshoring and outsourcing jobs, what has been the consideration to Australian unemployment.

Telstra – offshoring and unemployment

More than 10,000 overseas contractors are working for Telstra at the same time as the company slashes jobs at home to help boost profit. This represents about 26 per cent of the telco’s full-time workforce of 38,000, underscoring the extent of an aggressive outsourcing program to tap staff in low-cost countries. Telstra has made 3157 jobs redundant since the beginning of the year – eclipsing the combined Australian manufacturing workforce of car makers Holden and Ford. Last month Telstra outlined details to shed 1100 jobs as part of a national restructure, sparking an outcry by unions.  Among jobs cut are 1100 from its operational department, 605 from its business directories business and another 1552 across the company, including staff in customer services, figures compiled by the Community and Public Sector Union show.  Read more: SMH October 15, 2013 Peter Cai

Unemployment growing as offshoring jobs continues
Unemployment growing as offshoring jobs continues

Trade Unions, customers and some shareholders have voiced their dismay about the continuation of offshoring and outsourcing of Australian jobs. What is the implication for employment and social policy from continued offshoring and outsourcing of Australian jobs? What is the consideration for employment, in the short and long term? The economic consequences of job loss are felt by the individual, their family and the local community. The government is impacted by declining income tax revenue and increased welfare payments as those who are laid off look for work. There are also potential phyiscal and healthcare risk associated with long term unemployment.

If you wish to share your experience in offshoring and outsourcing on employment we’d like to hear from you at an upcoming conference – The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014


The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014, is a national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment | Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional . The conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise.  Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, an incorporated non-government, not for profit organisation.

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