For the IT industry, guest workers on H-1B class visas have represented the highest percentage of hires made in the years since the recession. For those of you unfamiliar with this trend, you may be surprised to find that the Tech industry has been lobbying congress to increase the number of H-1B visas issued each year. The peculiar thing about an increase of this size in the supply guest workers is that, according to an article from the PBS News Hour, the supply would exceed the number of IT jobs available by over 150%, both now and in the future.
What makes the necessity of this increase in foreign workers even more dubious is the large number of qualified and work-hungry IT workers already living in the United States. According the article, colleges in the US are currently turning out 200,000 more STEM grads per year more than there are jobs available in their fields of study. This combined with the tech industry’s current practice of filling two-thirds of their entry level jobs with guest workers doesn’t paint a pretty picture for young computer scientists. To read “The Bogus High-Tech Worker Shortage” from PBS, click the link below.