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Is there an actual technology skill shortage in the United States, or do companies simply want less expensive H-1B visa workers to complement their largely American-based workforce? A nonprofit immigration advocacy group looks at some of the numbers and attempts to demystify the issues, as it pushes for more visas and green cards. Opponents say if there were a real technology shortage, wages for technology would be rising. They are not.
"USCIS data show in FY 2009, less than 6 percent of new H-1B visas went to Indian technology companies. In identifying 25 India-based firms one finds Indian companies utilized fewer than 5,000 (4,809) new H-1B petitions in FY 2009. Moreover, tracking these same companies over time, one finds that the number of new H-1B visas utilized by Indian technology firms fell by 70 percent between FY 2006 and FY 2009."
The U.S. government is spending $22 million to train workers in foreign countries to learn tech skills and English so they can outsource American IT jobs.
I know. I can hardly believe it myself.
According to InformationWeek, the U.S. agency known as USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is partnering with outsourcing service companies in countries like Sri Lanka to teach more than 3,000 workers technology skills in tools like Enterprise Java.
To make it easier for those workers to work with American companies who have outsourced work, American taxpayers are also paying to train the workers in English.
Originally posted by mamabeth
reply to post by HangTheTraitors
My husband works in an office and is on his computer
everyday.His workload keeps him so busy that he forgets
to eat his lunch at times.
If a major project is coming up due,he even has to work
from home on his "day" off or go in.
Sometimes he is on a call list if there is a problem at work.
We have had calls for him to fix a problem late into the evening
or when he had just come home.
Having an office job is not all it's cracked up to be.There are some
who can goof off and have a great time playing on their pc's.This
is one of the reasons why others have more work dumped on them
to make up the slack.
Some people have great work ethics and a lot don't,they are too lazy
and fob the work onto others.
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Office folks make the same or more money and they have nice cozy and quiet jobs sitting on their rears all day long where paper-cuts are their worst injury not constant cuts, metal fragments, and bruised knuckles. Office folks get to play on their PCs all day on Facebook and Myspace, text and play on their office phone and listen to music so WHY the HECK would any youngster want to be in a noisy, filthy, injury-ridden, complex, constant hassle shop all day?? Plus looking at men all day long is a depressing sight. I'll take a better paying office job ANYDAY!!!!
Originally posted by hangedman13
I stated in another thread that machinist are in big demand right now. For years there were not enough new ones coming in, now lots of current machinist are nearing retirement age and companies are looking to replace them. It is not one of the glamorous careers that most kids want. Too many thought that being something like a lawyer would be a better option.