American Tech Giants Discriminate against Older EngineersAdded: Saturday, March 9th, 2013
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Tech companies in the United States are currently fighting to get changes to immigration legislation in order to be able to hire more foreign employees. Although they bring an argument saying that there’s a shortage of skilled employees in the country, some of it might be because they prefer not to hire older people.
For example, NPR just ran a yarn which looked at an increase in H-1B visas, and local IT employees can’t like it. According to Engineer, such skill shortage is all because of the big IT companies’ hiring policies, because those discriminate against older workers. One of those who testified to the inquiry was Mitch Ericson. He has been applying for jobs at software giant Microsoft since before he finished his computer science bachelor’s degree in the middle of 2012. It should be noted that Mitch Ericson isn’t a traditional candidate for entry-level software work, because this was a late career change for him: he is 60 years old at the moment. But one can agree that if the need is so great, the company could at least take a look at him, which Microsoft did not.
Industry experts admit that the reason for this has nothing to do with the IT companies’ image of being young and thrusting. Instead, it is a more black-and-white idea of saving money. In the meantime, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that wages for computer programmers have stagnated. Indeed, within the past decade, the average hourly wage even failed to keep up with inflation. This is because the IT outfits have been using H1-B visas work in form of pressure-release valve on pay. Everyone knows that foreign workers are cheaper.
Other industry observers, including computer science professor Norman Matloff, believe that the visas allow companies to avoid hiring older engineers. They say that even if candidates have an exact skills fit, if one of them is 35, he or she is probably not going to get a phone call. And at the same time, the companies are telling the press that they don’t have any qualified people out there.
Microsoft disagrees with this theory. It claims that H1-B employees actually cost more due to the legal fees involved. The software giant claimed it hires people from abroad only when it has no choice.
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|It might be added with those over 60 their health cover may be needed more frequently and sooner than if they employed those in their 30`s as well as keeping them in service for longer before mandatory retirement.In the UK there is a plethora of IT professionals and unless already a proven innovator within the industry the cut off age for hiring is around early 40`s unless your a wunder kinder.|
|Well students in States should start taking more science and Engg courses . This is all what can be done .|
|Trouble is within the American education system whereby students think Paris is a country in Europe and other misconceptions as well as more scholarships in American football and sports than in the sciences and IT.|
No doubt they would not need to import from India and outsource to India if they could find more academics in the USA.
|its both they save money and save on health insurance but the kicker is they want to make you work longer for social security benefits who is going to hire a 60+ year old and lets say a man/woman has been working in a factory or other psychical work their whole life 60+ is too old|
|posted by (2013-03-11 03:05:37)|
|Older people cannot be cheated on career, contracts and working condition as easy as the young. Tell a young one he might rise the ranks and he will works his ass off. Ask an old one how that works out usually. Bingo!|
|posted by (2013-03-12 02:49:07)|
|Warning to everybody, years creep on you faster than you really want. So if you're going to have a career in Engineering or IT, while you are on your career, you might as well study for your second career because pretty soon it's all over.|
|posted by (2013-03-12 09:40:31)|
|I know this to be true. In Silicon Valley that used to be the bulwark of world technical innovation and American economic might (at least since the 60s) Indians make up a great percentage of the workforce, here, now. Walking down any street, here, or going into any store or coffee shop you see many Indians, there. It's been this way since the year 2000. Natural born American men 50+ generally passed over for them when hiring.|
No jobs, no taxes. No taxes, government debt.
A simple equation politicians are either ignorant of, too incompetent to understand, or are aware of and it is part of their design for destruction.
|around the mid 40`s in the uk unfortunately .|
|and India is outsourced a lot in the way of mobile communication as well as Internet centres work they have some of the best Institutes for IT and so alumni are head hunted early on which is no doubt a culture shock and like winning the lottery all at once|
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