If you happened to be listening to National Public Radio yesterday afternoon, you would have heard an interesting discussion on the rise of homeshoring on their All Things Considered afternoon show.
"So what's new, then", I hear you mutter over your espresso and boiled kippers...
In a bid to sound a bit clever, my good friend Philip Peters over at Zagada (which does some excellent analytics on the global sourcing space), pulled some data to discover that at least 110,000 home-based call center jobs have been created in the US in the last three years by companies such as Alpine Access, Working Solutions,LiveOps, Arise NA and [email protected] Now that's more onshore jobs than the entire size of Cognizant's global workforce!
Now while it's clear that homeshoring is not primed to replace offshore work anytime soon, it clearly is a viable option for front-line customer-facing services at competitive prices. The removal of the bricks and mortar, telecom costs and use of Cloud-based applications to record/monitor calls is enabling the homeworking environment on a serious scale. Other areas, such as medical coding, already rely heavily on homeshoring staff to work on administrative tasks with contextual needs.
Running a business myself, which is entirely "in the Cloud" with folks working largely from their homes, you do start to wonder how quickly the homeshoring model with proliferate, especially with the amount of workers available to switch on their PCs from their houses and start work. This is one dynamic emerging from the Recession that you can see gaining traction, as more and more people opt to work remotely (or have little choice but to). Procurement/sourcing, accounting, medical writing, financial research... the number of possibilities for using homeshoring as adjunct delivery options in other BPO areas is clearly apparent.