UK adults are becoming increasingly hostile to companies that outsource call centre operations overseas, research published today has found.
According to an online study conducted by Harris Interactive between 21 and 26 July 2005, four out of five UK adults feel 'negative' about the growing trend of offshoring call centres, and 55 per cent feel 'very negative'.
The poll of 2,292 adults warned that customers who have experienced an overseas call centre are far more likely to feel 'very negative' towards this trend than those who have not experienced an overseas call centre.
Many adults have negative perceptions despite never knowingly having used an overseas call centre.
Organisations that outsource these services may hope that the concerns are allayed once consumers have experienced the service provided.
However, the survey showed that while 36 per cent of adults who have not dealt with an overseas call centre perceive UK call centres to offer a better service than those overseas, this figure rises to 49 per cent among those who have used an overseas call centre.
"Organisations that outsource call centres overseas may also have to contend with damage to their brand and reputation," said the Harris Interactive study.
"Nearly half (47 per cent) of adults have less respect for companies that outsource call centres overseas, and a slightly larger percentage (50 per cent) do not trust giving their details, such as financial details, to overseas call centres. This may harm productivity as well as reputation."
Only very small percentages said that overseas call centre staff were more friendly (four per cent) or more helpful (two per cent) than UK call centre staff.
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