Last week I blogged about Bill Gates' testimony before a congressional hearing on March 12 in which he advocated lifting the annual cap on H-1B visas in an attempt to be proactive in the face of an "IT skills shortage."TechRepublic members were very vocal in their opinions about Gates and the IT skills shortage, with most doubting the shortage exists. TechRepublic member csroczynski expressed a pretty typical viewpoint:
"All [Bill Gates] cares about is where his next 10 billion is coming from. And he does not care how many Americans have to suffer to make him rich. He continues to bite the hand that feeds him and the people (Americans) who made him rich in the first place."TechRepublic member info added:
"The simple fact is that it's easier to entice someone from another country to join the Microsoft army with a smaller amount of money."
Peter Whoriskey reported in The Washington Post today that this year Microsoft petitioned to hire 1,600 foreign workers, but that company officials think they'll be lucky to gain 600 of those in this year's contest, which ends April 7. Wonder where the other 1,000 will come from?
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.