H-1B program adversely impacts IT pros

H-1B program adversely impacts IT pros

The H-1B program is adversely impacting IT pros and the US job market as a whole.  The idea of the program was to make easier to attract talented individuals to work in the US.  It has now gotten to the point that it is just like manufacturing that the US has lost by encouraging companies to do it for “less”.

Companies like Tata (from India) are hiring workers at low wages from third world countries, moving them to the US so that US workers can train them, and ultimately be displaced via off-shoring or outsourcing.

The latest data from the Department of Labor shows that over 75% off all jobs foreign workers are getting visas for are in what they call the IT occupation.

 

h-1b program IT job families 75% plus of the visa jobs
h-1b program IT job families

Looking at the data, in 2015 only 112,000 new IT jobs were created.  At the same time the over 400,000 visa applications were filed by corporations for foreign workers.  There is something wrong with this picture as all of these jobs are high paying ones and the foreign workers are taking these jobs a wages that are lower than domestic IT workers would be paid.

Author: John Stamms

IT Manager from a company in the EU. Very interested in how people in the US manage the IT function and all of its associated issues.