Claims that the UK is losing large numbers of white-collar jobs through outsourcing to India and other nations is overstated, a report has said.
Outsourcing is not affecting many UK jobs, says the study
Instead, there has so far been little direct evidence of significant job migration, according to the study by the Work Foundation.
It said that while off-shoring had taken place in past years, there was no real impact on UK white-collar jobs.
The organisation added that most debate on the subject was wrongly alarmist.
"Concern over off-shoring has become a surrogate for wider issues about economic insecurity," said Work Foundation chief economist Ian Brinkley.
"There is something about exporting jobs to foreigners that does press all the wrong buttons.
"Fears have been stoked by claims that the Chinese and Indians are coming to get your lunch, but the reality is that it is not happening."
He said that figures showed that just 5.5% of all jobs lost across Europe in the first quarter of 2007 were due to work being sent abroad.
"Self-serving claims from consultancies and aggressive PR from outsourcing companies themselves has tended to drown out the careful analysis of data regarding off-shoring," added Mr Brinkley.
The Work Foundation is a not-for-profit body that aims to promote best working practice.