Yesterday, Microsoft officials told policymakers at a Washington, D.C. Brookings Institution forum on immigration policy that it has 6000 open positions for computer scientists, programmers, and other IT professionals but can’t find skilled workers to fill them, according to an article today in InformationWeek.
Not everyone buys Microsoft’s claim that there is a shortage of American IT workers. Critics say the company simply wants to hire more foreign workers because they cost less.“They probably have 6,000 jobs to fill because they are enamored of foreign labor,” said Les French, president of WashTech, a Seattle are tech worker advocacy group that is affiliated with Communications Workers of America. “I doubt they couldn’t fill the jobs from the available labor pool in the U.S.,” said French, in an e-mail to InformationWeek.
It’s good to see a critical perspective in the article (although we should note that for InformationWeek this is hardly a first). We’re eager to see whether this critical perspective will be reflected in the mainstream media.