Jobs are the lifeblood for national economies and family budgets. The search for economic opportunity often drives people to move around the globe. The most educated and highly skilled workers are in demand, and immigration policies often reflect that priority. Less skilled would-be immigrants, however, are often subject to tighter restrictions – even in nations where native citizens refuse to take on harvesting, construction, cleaning or other difficult tasks. Advanced technology reduces the need for labor; employers also rely on outsourcing, contract workers and the internet for digital work, including tax preparation, X-ray analysis or graphic design. Nations fiercely compete for jobs while multinational corporations reduce labor costs to increase profits.

Where Are the Jobs? The Harsh Truth about Outsourcing

It's not a mutually beneficial trade practice – it's outright labor arbitrage
Paul Craig Roberts
March 15, 2004

Use Outsourcing to Spur Change in India

Anti-outsourcing initiatives should be designed as negotiating tools to force India to liberalize
Bruce Stokes
February 28, 2004

Expat Perks Drying Up - Even for S'poreans Abroad

Trend in places like China is towards pay on local terms
Chuang Peck Ming
March 9, 2004

Job Losses Pose a Threat to Stability Worldwide

Job losses from the recession cause global instability
Nelson D. Schwartz
February 19, 2009

Outsourcing’s Appeal Grows During Volatile Times

Hiring outsiders allows businesses to specialize and remain flexible to fast-changing economic conditions
Melanie Rodier
January 23, 2009