The rapid spread of the internet around the world often has unintended consequences. While the world has been accustomed to sending lower-skilled work to offshore destinations for decades, increasingly the complexity of those jobs has increased as skills in emerging markets have improved.
Thanks to the internet, those skills are now available to anyone with a decent web connection. Services such as Freelancer.com are letting people in any part of the world outsource work to any other part of the world, often at lower rates than they could get the work done locally. Similarly 99designs and DesignCrowd are giving emerging designers the chance to win work with prestigious clients in markets they might have never dreamed of competing in.
The the rapid spread of the internet has often had unintended consequences. It removes friction from some existing processes and creates entirely new services, and can rewrite entire markets in the process. The ease with which jobs can be posted online and completed at lower rates than is possible in developed markets is going to have a significant impact on the way that work is distributed, placing pressure on professions such as bookkeeping, secretarial services and design.
The revolution in labour distribution has truly gone global, and where it will stop is very hard to say.