Help Desk Outsourcing Activity, Trends, and Cost Experience

October, 2009


Help desk outsourcing is poised for growth, despite the bad reputation that offshoring of call centers has received in recent years. This study examines current help desk outsourcing activity. We report on the three-year trend in the percentage of organizations outsourcing the help desk (frequency) and average percentage of work outsourced (level). Next we examine outsourcing activity by organization size, reporting on frequency, level, change in amount of work outsourced (current trend), and actual cost vs. expectations (cost experience). Concerning offshore outsourcing, we report on the frequency and trend in the use of offshore service providers. Finally, we consider how outsourcing frequency varies by sector. (17 pp., 12 figs.)
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