#Insource is the new #Outsource

workersA recent report from Deloitte suggests that bringing jobs back in house (Insourcing) is a small but growing trend against the much larger tendency to Outsource which has dominated western industry for the last thirty years.

Companies are increasingly realizing that Outsourcing is no longer the best value option. Anyone who has been involved in Outsourcing knows it is never as simple as it’s made out, often requiring intensive effort from Managerial & Engineering staff & extensive, frequent travel. Not to mention increased wage costs in China & India, increased shipping costs and numerous supply chain delays.

The biggest issue Western companies face with Insourcing is the lack of trained, skilled staff to deliver the service. Having made thousands of workers redundant in the pursuit of cheaper Outsource options this is somewhat ironic.

This need may be met by making good use of the highly skilled Freelance professionals who operate in the market to satisfy just such demand.


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Now we’re Insourcing……………………

reengineeringFriday’s News that Automotive component supplier Bosch is closing its plant in South Wales and moving manufacturing to Hungary was grim news for employees.

However, this action is actually bucking the latest trend.

A recent survey by manufacturing group EEF revealed that one in seven companies had moved manufacturing back to the U.K in the last 2 years.

Nearly seven in ten agreed that the U.K was now a competitive place for manufacturing.

The falling price of sterling, increased cost of freight, repeated quality concerns and time to market issues have combined to make the U.K increasingly attractive.

The biggest issue is in obtaining personnel with the knowledge and skills required to establish successful manufacturing lines.

This is being addressed by hiring interims with the experience to deliver results by ‘hitting the ground running’