Employer Portal

H1B Visa Demand Slips: What Is The Impact on Tech Talent

Many tech firms are facing an uncertain future and doing what comes natural: wait and see.  The U.S. government reported that it received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year -- 37,000 less than in 2016.

Many firms are clearly unclear about how the Trump administration will look at firms utilizing H-1B visas, but the uncertainty is enough to turn around what had been an upward trend year after year.

As the unemployment rate for many IT jobs nears 0%, firms will increasingly turn toward agencies to assemble teams of IT contractors on short and long-term projects.

This strategy can help fill in a gap created by short term uncertainty, but can also help facilitate a strategy that exploits a pool of contractors immediately available.

Grant Derner
Executive Vice President, Professional Division, Lehigh Technical

Grant Derner joined Lehigh Technical in November 2009 via Lehigh Technical's acquisition of PMH Resources. In his role today, Grant serves Lehigh Technical by calling upon a proven track record encompassing over 30 years of direct staffing industry experience to spearhead Lehigh Technical's support of IT Infrastructure, advanced engineering, and professional services.

Previous Posts

Disruptive Technology & IT Deals As Companies Negotiate on Disruption; Talent Becomes Even More Important Does Your Company Hold Yearly Safety Reviews? 3 Mobile Phone Policies to Enforce as an Employer Make Your Third Shift Positions More Attractive The Real Cost of Hiring Video: Reducing Temp Turnover 3 Mobile Phone Policies to Enforce as an Employer How To Engage Employees To Do Their Best The Perils of Hiring Fast How to Make Your Employee Onboarding Successful