The optimistic prediction on China's IT outsourcing Industry in the coming future may just remain one if it is not met with sufficient skilled professionals. Talent shortage is increasingly becoming a bottle neck for China's Outsourcing Industry, said Qu Zhonghua, a senior program manager of IBM China's Shenzhen branch, at the 11th Joint International Computer Conference (JICC 2005) held in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.
According to Qu, China will need at least 2.5 million outsourcing professionals in 2015, when the export value of the outsourcing industry in China is expected by many experts to top US$50 billion, even higher than the projected figure in India in 2015.
Qu said the outsourcing workforce in India now exceeds 1 million, yet the workforce in China is approximately 70,000 only, and China has to learn a lot from India in the IT outsourcing industry.
IBM gave up many opportunities in China for failing to recruit enough outsourcing professionals, he said. The rapid growth of the global outsourcing industry has provided opportunities for China's outsourcing industry in recent years, but the opportunities will not turn into successes if the country fails to provide sufficient qualified workforce, he said.