Digital Addiction: Why the Information Technology Industry Doesn't Need More Temporary Foreign Workers (2000)
November 24, 2000
Advocates of the use of the H1B temporary worker system as an on-going mechanism for supplying workers for the information technology (IT) industry have asserted that the supply is indispensable if the IT industry is to continue its success. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected job growth in Core IT Technology Jobs of 110,000 a year through 2006; they also estimate that about 35,000 degrees in IT per se are earned a year.1 That sounds at first blush like the formula for a worker shortage in IT. A closer look at the situation, however, suggests otherwise.