I should say I am talking about the United Kingdom, and the decline soon after a Labour government was elected in 1997.
much of it comes from the outsourcing. i have a client who outsourced their call center to india…..8 months later, india outsourced the call center that they were running, to pakistan.
no joke. two countries which are great rivals, if not enemies, outsourcing to each other because they could do it “cheaper” than the original contract. this way, india got the contract, then outsourced it. they made money on the contract then on the cheaper labor.
i still get the occasional inquiry from the UK, ireland, and other european countries, generally dealing with contracting me for my JD Edwards knowledge.