The Outsourcing Week in Review: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Healthcare outsourcing has become the fastest growing BPO service in the Philippines, according to Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) president Jojo Uligan. With a large pool of medically trained professionals in the Philippines, often with overseas work experience, this sector looks set to boom. IT outsourcing is also growing fast. A recent report from IT research firm Computer Economics says that firms’ total IT outsourcing budgets rose 12.7% this year from 9.4% last year, hitting a five-year high.  Furthermore, it is the smaller businesses that have fueled the rise in IT outsourcing this year due to their practice of placing operational functions on cloud platforms. Good news supporting this sector is that Globe Business is working with the country’s IT-BPO community in advancing digital adoption to enhance work efficiencies and employee productivity.

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry has reassured that new technology will not lead to job losses, but will instead create opportunities to increase productivity and generate new high-paying jobs for Filipinos. Initiatives such as Australian corporate IT training provider DDLS teaming up with Microsoft for a series of IT training courses in the Philippines, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority launch of a new employment app called 911 TESDA, are positive developments in this space. 

The Philippine economy posted lower growth again in the second quarter of this year due to budget delay and globally challenging times. Figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that the country’s GDP) rose only 5.5% in the second quarter, slightly lower than the 5.6% in the first quarter and way below the 6.2% growth rate a year before. Improving employment practices and broadening the labor pool catchment area are also important if the country is going to compete in an increasingly challenging world.

Accenture, a major player in the Philippines outsourcing world, and IBM have recently emerged as two of the top companies for diversity and inclusion policies and practices in the 2019 Working Mother Media Index. The Department of Labor and Employment has just released its guidelines on the issuance of certification to employees who want to avail themselves of the involuntary separation benefit or unemployment insurance after being laid off from their job. 

In other company news, SYNNEX won three Microsoft Partner Awards in the IT channel, across various key product and solution categories. Wipro has partnered with Amazon Web Services to launch a new co-innovation hub in Bengaluru, India, and IT and BPM firm Datamatics Global Service announced that it has been included in the Gartner’s Market Guide for Data and Analytics Service Providers.

There was also news that Metro Manila remains an important hub for offshore gaming operators. However, the CCAP has reiterated the outsourcing industry’s concerns that the government’s move to stop the development of ecozones in the National Capital Region in favor of provincial ecozones, may turn investors away from investing in the Philippines. Offshore gaming does bring welcome investment, but the BPO sector also brings many more local jobs.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

NEWS THIS WEEK

12 August 2019

Smaller Firms Lead IT Outsourcing Growth – read article…

Globe Collaborates With IT-BPO Sector On Digital Adoption – read article…

Philippine Economic Growth Slows To 5.5% In Q2 – read article…

 

9 August 2019

SYNNEX Wins Three Microsoft Partner Awards – read article…

 

IT Outsourcing Hits Five-Year High – read article…

 

Human Labor Still Relevant Amid New Technology – DTI – read article…

 

8 August 2019

Accenture, IBM Lead In Diversity And Inclusion Practices – read article…

 

DOLE Releases Guidelines On Involuntary Separation Benefitread article…

 

Datamatics Listed in Gartner’s Market Guide – read article…

 

7 August 2019

Healthcare Is Fastest Growing BPO Service In Philippines – read article…

Manila Remains Hub For Offshore Gambling Operators – read article…

Wipro, AWS Roll Out Innovation Center – read article…

 

6 August 2019

CCAP Wants Government To Rethink Ecozones Decision – read article…

 

Australia’s DDLS Partners With Microsoft For IT Training In Philippines – read article…

 

TESDA Launches ‘911 TESDA’ Employment App – read article…


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