Shortage of Engineers Is Causing 'Crisis' In Tech Industry

A lack of qualified workers in the tech industry is causing a crisis, says Microsoft. The firm has started lobbying in Washington, calling for a new approach to science, technology, engineering and math teaching at schools, and warning that if changes are not made, the U.S. will lose out to other, better-prepared nations.

The firm proposes to pay for the education costs by increasing the number of H1B visas, which enable highly-skilled foreigners to work in the U.S., which cost employers $10,000 each, as well as re-allocating 20,000 unused green cards. Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel and executive VP claims that the firm is looking for 3,400 skilled tech engineers, an increase of 34 per cent on last year, and cannot find homegrown talent to work as engineers, developers and researchers.

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  • PerturbedPundit

    Meanwhile, average starting salary for class of 2013 grads in computer science DECREASED 2.5%

    So much for Science, Tech, Engineering and Math (STEM) worker shortage:
    * Computer Science wages decline by (2.5%)
    * Math and Science under-perform with a 0.9% increase
    * Engineering 2.3%, increases less than Humanities and Social Sciences 2.6%, and Education 3.2%
    Tech is not listed in the Starting Salary tables, probably because Tech
    is primarily Associate degree level work and should not be open to
    employment based immigration.

  • G0OS3

    This is bs! employers just want cheap foreign labor. There is no shortage of engineers, I know a couple of experience eng. that are looking for work.

  • Tony

    Microsoft engineers see a typical starting pay 80 - 120k. By law, in order to hire someone under an H1B visa, you have to prove that you cannot find a qualified worker domestically. And of course, you have to offer them the same price.  

  • Louis Meadows

    Not true, no requirement under H1-B program to hire domestically first.  True H1-B workers do get paid well as they are key to american outsourcing.  Companies like to bring in young H1-B workers in while firing older workers which helps keep wages and costs down.  Walk the halls of any Silicon Valley company and you will see lots of fresh young engineers here on an H1-B, L1 or B1 visas while the older workers are being shown the door.

    Cook County is working on a LAW, but it's not LAW yet

  • Brad Williston

    This is bogus!  They just want to bring in dirt cheap 40K per year foreigners who can afford to work cheap because they don't have any student loans.