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In today’s global market, businesses looking to outpace the competition must seek innovative ways to access talent and specialised skills. One strategic solution? Offshoring. By relocating certain operations and employees abroad, you can open up new opportunities and enhance your organisation’s capabilities.

With offshoring, companies can unlock a wide range of advantages, including:

  • Financial savings: Offshoring can reduce labour and overhead costs, allowing you to reinvest those savings back into the business, boosting local productivity.
  • Access to a global talent pool: Businesses can tap into a wider pool of professionals with specialised competencies, filling skills gaps and broadening your company’s cultural diversity.
  • Increased efficiency: By offshoring non-core functions, you can streamline operations and free up resources in your head office.
  • Scalability: Building remote teams offers the flexibility to scale up or down, avoiding fixed costs and enabling you to respond to changing market conditions.
  • 24-hour service: Operating across multiple time zones creates an opportunity to implement a “follow-the-sun” model, improving response times and increasing customer satisfaction.

So, what is offshoring and what are the key factors to consider in order to adopt an offshoring business model successfully?

What is offshoring?

Offshoring is the practice of relocating business processes, services or manufacturing to another country, often to take advantage of lower labour costs, a skilled workforce or a strategic location. This can involve setting up a new facility in the chosen country or partnering with an existing provider.

Top considerations and common pitfalls when offshoring 

When considering offshoring a portion of your operations for the first time, developing a clear strategy and defining your objectives is a must. Take the time to identify your primary goals, whether they include reducing costs, improving efficiency or gaining access to talent with specific skill sets. By understanding the benefits of offshoring and aligning them with your company's needs, you can create a well-defined strategy that will serve as a roadmap for your offshoring journey.
Next, consider the legal implications. Have you researched your target country’s employment laws? Are you familiar with local regulations governing areas like data privacy and intellectual property? How will you ensure compliance and protect your company’s intellectual assets? Controlling access to sensitive data and implementing robust non-disclosure agreements is vital from the outset.

Language and cultural barriers are another potential roadblock. Depending on the roles, you may need to factor language training and cultural immersion programmes into the offshoring process.

Finally, it’s essential you carry out a risk assessment and develop contingency plans to address any unexpected issues, such as political instability or data breaches.

Where are the best offshoring locations?

Your choice of destination depends on your company's location, objectives and speciality. When prioritising financial savings, consider countries with competitive labour costs. If addressing specific skill gaps is your top concern, target destinations with an abundance of the specialised talent in those areas. Additionally, if frequent communication is crucial, time zones should be a key consideration.

With their extensive pools of educated, skilled individuals, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia emerge as top talent hotspots in Latin America, according to new Page Outsourcing research. Meanwhile, though the Dominican Republic ranks ninth overall among North American talent hotspots, it’s the fourth-ranked country for financial services professionals, suggesting it could be a solid choice for companies relocating roles to the Caribbean.

Germany tops the list for manufacturing talent in Central Europe, while companies offshoring in the tech industry might consider Poland or Romania for their high proportion of skilled IT professionals. Unsurprisingly, given its vast population, India is the top talent hotspot for financial services, manufacturing and tech in APAC.

As part of Page Outsourcing’s service, our Market Insights teams provide market research that pinpoints optimal talent pools and skill availability in specific locations as aligned with your business's unique needs and requirements. 

What is nearshoring, and when should you consider it?

Increasingly popular, nearshoring is the practice of transferring some operations to a nearby country rather than a remote destination. For example, there’s a recent trend among US companies to move production from China to Mexico.

The advantages? Proximity to the North American market reduces both shipping costs and the likelihood of disruption to supply chains. Furthermore, tariff incentives offered by the international trade agreement between Mexico, Canada and the US make relocating financially attractive. Not only that, but Mexico has the advanced industrial facilities and skilled professionals required to meet the demand.

Final tips for successful offshoring

As your business begins discussions around offshoring, consider the following:

  • Have you appointed an offshoring project lead, and do you have executive buy-in?
  • Have you established a strong governance model to oversee offshoring operations?
  • Have you identified the functions (e.g. R&D) that will remain onshore? 
  • Have you thoroughly researched both traditional and emerging offshoring destinations?
  • How will you clearly communicate your values and work ethics to overseas teams?
  • How will you monitor your offshoring strategy?  

Careful planning, research and execution means you can avoid common pitfalls like:

  • A lack of clear goals leading to wasted money and potential failure of the entire process
  • Poor communication, resulting in misunderstandings, mistakes and delays
  • Failing to properly vet offshore partners, impacting quality and your company’s reputation
  • Imposing HQ’s company culture on global teams without consultation
  • Failing to comply with local regulations, facing fines, lawsuits and possibly criminal charges
  • Inadequate understanding of local market needs, leading to poorly designed products or services or difficulty attracting and retaining talent.

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Page Outsourcing has a proven track record of supporting businesses on their offshoring journey. As your trusted partner, we provide the expertise you need to tap into new talent pools, unlock exciting opportunities and expand to new markets. Contact us today to learn how we can help your organisation thrive.

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