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CHICAGO-Despite its bad press, offshoring of jobs is not likely to disappear from the corporate landscape. On the contrary, 80% of corporate real estate executives surveyed by Jones Lang LaSalle expect their companies to ship call centers and information technology operations overseas to cheaper labor markets, while the remaining 20% expect their offshoring efforts to remain status quo.

Two-thirds of them also expect back-office accounting, finance and human resources operations to be shipped overseas, while 30% predict manufacturing jobs will be in the exodus.

Meanwhile, public relations considerations and possible legislation will have little or no effect on 90% of the corporate real estate executives’ plans. On the other hand, 25% say the biggest hurdle to offshoring operations to India is the lack of suitable existing buildings. That was the third biggest hurdle cited after deficient infrastructure (43%) and too much bureaucracy (39%). Bureaucracy and lack of transparency was cited by 32% of corporate real estate executives as the biggest hurdle to offshoring in China.

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