Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 28, 2012, 4:54 p.m. EST by TechJunkie
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One of the biggest problems contributing to unemployment in the US is that the unemployed people aren't qualified for the plentiful jobs that are available. Many fields are desperate for workers.
Microsoft is pushing for the right to pay $15,000 extra per employee to get access to foreign tech workers. Tech workers who are paid the same as their American counterparts.
Microsoft: Shortage of tech workers in the US becoming 'genuine crisis'
Microsoft unveiled a lobbying push on Thursday to produce more applicants with the skills to fill technology and engineering jobs.
The proposal would boost visas for high-skilled foreign workers and invest millions of dollars in federal funding for education.
Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president, said at a press briefing that the lack of qualified job applicants is "approaching the dimensions of a genuine crisis" for tech companies.
He said Microsoft has 3,400 open jobs for researchers, developers and engineers — an increase of 34 percent over last year. "We fear jobs will start to migrate to other countries," Smith said, adding that other countries are putting a higher priority than the United States on preparing students for high-skill jobs.
Microsoft will push Congress to pass legislation to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve education in science, technology, engineering and math, fields collectively known as STEM.
The funding would boost training for teachers, offer more computer science courses for high school students and invest in community colleges and four year universities.
The company proposes paying for the education spending by adding an additional 20,000 H1B visas to allow high-skill foreign nationals to work in the United States. Employers would have to pay $10,000 for each employee that receives one of the visas.
The proposal would also reallocate 20,000 unused green cards for high-skilled immigrants. Employers would have to spend $15,000 to hire an employee under this program.
He insisted that even small start-ups would be willing to spend the thousands of dollars to hire qualified foreign workers. He also said Microsoft does not pay workers differently based on their nationality.