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November 30, 2003

Equity research outsourcing picks up steam

US brokerage firms are sending more and more of their equity research work to India says a recent report in Businessworld. The work being done out of India is not just increasing in terms of volume, but also in value. Quoting data from BPO firm Evalueserve, the report says that 34% of the 77,000 professionals currently involved in equity research activities worldwide, carry out "library functions"--i.e., data and information collection work. Some 25% of these functions would be done out of low-cost offshore locations by 2005. By that time, 10% of the jobs in the next higher rung--those of junior analysts--would also be offshored.

Among the captive units, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley have hired over 1,000 people each over the last year to staff their Indian centers. Other captive operations listed in the article include those of Citigroup (in Mumbai), Lehman Brothers, and HSBC. The report lists Evalueserve (in Gurgaon), OfficeTiger (in Chennai), WNS Global (in Mumbai), Smart Analyst (in Gurgaon) and Irevna (in Chennai) among the significant thirdy-part units in this space.

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