My input on the H-1B/Tech as I experienced it.. FYI
Following are some key significant points in the history of the tech industry and its development to what it is today as I personally experienced it.
First: Starting with The breakup of the Bell System that was mandated on January 8, 1982, all the top-tier Tech-based Fortune 500 IT Sectors began to rebel and Win – with support of “The Suits” higher up – a key significant victory over the “choke-holding” Corporate HR Kingdom. For the very first time historically HR lost out to an outside corporate sector as to who does the hiring and who does the firing, who designs and writes the job Req’s, sets compensation packages, when, where, why, and how! That means that for the first time in twentieth-century Tech History CTOs, COOs, CSOs, and their ‘downstream’ Managers and Directors essentially became a Co-equal Division of the Corporation. Org charts had to be completely redrawn, core competencies and responsibilities had to be designated and defined and the corporation itself could not make a move when it came to anything Tech without consulting – at the board of directors level – the IT Departments on all project planning, design and implementation. IT had a significant seat at the table in the boardroom.
Great for the corporation not so much for the employees of which there were fewer and fewer. The vast majority of workers hired after these times, more and more as time went by, were contract workers. You literally had to be taken under a wing of a higher-up Boss that knew you, liked you and trusted you to get employee status. Enter the era of the high-paid, exempt status contractor. Employees became as rare as hen’s teeth.
Second: By the year 2000 I found myself unable to get a job that lasted longer than one year animals impossible to get hired on as a permanent employee. In every waiting room for an interview I would be the only guy who is America for this one particular job just one job the other three or four guys were Indians. Needless to say I walked out the most of those interviews and never got a call back although my experience in the trenches was well over 18 years and climbing these guys just got out of school with their degree and the managers and directors we’re impressed by their degrees and the fact that they can manipulate their employment in ways that they couldn’t manipulate mine so I got a stout four years to H1Bs.
Oh.. And by the way I was asking market rate for these positions which was between $45/$55 an hour and they still decided to pay these guys more than that because they had a degree has some managers actually told me to my face! “If you just had a degree or professional certificate I would have hired you but this guy’s got a degree AND a Certificate”. To which I responded yeah and 6 weeks experience in the field – good luck with that one. often I would find out later through friends and Associates that these guys got the $55 an hour rate and a two-year contract where I would have only got the $45 an hour rate and one year contract!
so in my personal experience between about 1998 and early 2000s the H1Bs we’re getting superior pay taking all the jobs from the American guys like me with all the experience because they had degrees, would work any hours they were told to I travel anywhere in the USA they were ordered to travel to stay in motels. Thank my lucky stars by arounderstand 2003-4 inexperienced h-1bs fell out of favor for the more experienced American workers who by now not be able to command market-rate wages and working for far less – so we were ripe for the rape.
So my personal experience was that H1Bs we’re making top dollar and taking all the work for at least a good 10-15 year period between 1990-2005, not just in Silicon Valley where I worked most of the time but Nationwide. I mean there was a time when every time I walked into a Google building cafeteria ( they always had the best food) for lunch all I smelled was Curry LOL. So my personal experience is a little bit different then the statistical average I guess.
“The results are mixed. In banking and computer science, dependent h1b employers pay much less compared to natives than non-dependent h1b employers, who in fact pay more than natives. In the computer science data, the H1B coefficient is now positive, revealing that dependent employers account for all of the negativity found in the original equation.” (Sperry, 2017, p. 19)
Excerpts from: “Are H1B Visa Workers Paid Less than Similarly Employed Natives? ” by Sperry, Will (34 pages), Haverford College. Department of Economics, 2017:
The H1B visa is under scrutiny over fears of Americans losing their jobs or experiencing lower salaries, especially in STEM occupations. Some have suggested that companies prefer the H1B workers because, among other reason, they are paid less than similarly employed Americans. This paper compares the salaries of H1B workers in America with similarly employed native workers in banking, computer science, sciences…
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