Immigration Policies Seems To Have Been Doing A Bit Of Their Own H-1B Shortage Fixes As Data Value Depreciates From Silicon Vall
Posted Dec 04 2013 9:02pm
Just a couple years ago things were different and there will always be a need for more engineers everywhere but right now we should be training our own talent in the US and become less dependent. I do see the issue having one area where it should be adjusted though and that would be to let the folks who come here to study stay and start companies in the US rather than shipping them back. Well that is if they create something with some value and not another algorithmic data mining and selling company, we have enough of those and Google and Facebook together can do enough of exploring in that area if they want to develop more algorithms since they are two of the largest benefactors of the data selling business.
I think the President needs to catch up on what has occurred in the last couple of years as we are not seeing the value outside of enterprise development that we used to as a whole.
There’s a good example below cited where back in 2010 where Molina Health, (and they are one of the choices for health insurance on the California exchange) to where they got permission to hire 40 H-1B employees. What did they do, they fired 40 US employees and hired 40 from India and that’s not the way it’s supposed to work in anyone’s book. I’m sure that happened in many other places that we may not have heard about but health insurers are not always known for their ethics.
Right now as I see it what’s coming out of the Silicon Valley outside of enterprise integration efforts, cloud servers and Big Data companies like Cloudera and a few others, the other stuff we are getting is a lot of junk. The junk being more data mining and data selling software…enough already. We already know that the mHealth software and devices that don’t sell data are getting crowd funded for the most part. The link below is a good example.
So yes where is this shortage…is for the “junk” type of software that’s coming out? Again as I said there’s always a demand for the enterprise systems and I get that.
Who gives a “flip” if Facebook and Google can’t get enough H-1B engineers to figure out how to mine more of your data for profit.
I realize too that Google has other software areas where they have built some valuable products as well but even some of those other areas now are getting “fishing” with being connected to Google Plus and Gmail. My favorite Google story is what happened to me when their machine learning software said I was a “real duck” and that my “real name” was not machine compliant..WTF! It was one of my Killer Algorithm chapters.
I see all kinds of stuff coming out of MIT, which by the way they felt sorry for me with my Google story with a big company just suspending my account due to their algorithms with not even asking any questions…killer algorithms..you bet.
So yes the question is, where are these shortages…and here’s a link to the companies that use H-1B employees.. look at Google and they are ones pushing for it..5593…now look at Infosys at 45,105 (which is an Indian based IT company) …Oracle around 5000…these are huge companies and compared to their entire size that tells me they are still finding a lot of US employees to fill the bill. It’s not that many when you look at the number of employees as a whole.
Again I think over the last couple of years things changed quite a bit and the issue is not what it was a couple years ago with immigration. Again as I said more leniency give toward those who come here to be able to stay is still worth discussion by all means but to just open the flood gates to allow more in, well I don’t the shortage still is there just for that reason. Also, the banks certainly don’t need anymore B-1’s either, and as a reminder remember this story? Maybe Goldman should hire him back, pretty smart guy and look how self admittedly dumb the FBI agent was Heck we can’t even prosecute these cases correctly with a jury of peers that can understand such potential criminal acts. BD
Is President Obama’s push for more STEM grads and increased H-1B visas payback to the tech companies that got him re-elected? It seems possible. While the likes of Google and Microsoft have been sounding alarms over a shortage of technical workers, other research indicates that in fact we may have too many college graduates with degrees in science and math. Critics charge that Silicon Valley has promoted the shortage myth to gain support for policies — like those promoted by the president — that ultimately aim to keep a lid on tech pay.
They argue that there are hundreds of thousands of engineers and scientists without jobs , and plenty in the pipeline. Others, including Obama, claim the opposite — that we face a looming shortage of the tech-savvy graduates vital to keeping the U.S. competitive in the years ahead.
It is no secret that numerous tech leaders — including Google’s Eric Schmidt — contributed manpower and talent to the extensive data mining and analytics of the successful Obama team. The president’s promotion of ramped-up STEM education and an expanded H-1B visa program seems an obvious thank you.
Why then the push for more STEM students? There is no question that it behooves Silicon Valley to have more applicants competing for their jobs. Charges of trying to suppress wages gain credence from incidents like that involving Molina Healthcare Inc., which processes Medicaid and Medicare paperwork for the government.
In 2010, the day after Molina received Department of Labor approval for adding 40 H-1B workers, the company hired 40 workers from India and fired a roughly equivalent number of U.S. programmers, managers and analysts.