Part of the reason for the IT hiring now is because the H-1B cap hasn't been raised too much. In the past decade or so, the IT career prospects are almost perfectly in line with the H-1B cap.
If Congress and the president decide to raise the H-1B cap, they'll decide to put more American IT workers out of work--that's a fact. --Fly Fisherman
We did indeed see a small improvement in job prospects. It started when the H-1B quota sunsetted back to 65K. A few months after that, a slight but visible uptick in demand for American tech workers could be seen in many parts of the country, including mine. However, job creation in the economy as a whole is sputtering, and many think we're heading into a recession due to energy and the housing market collapse that's occurring in many parts of the nation. And some are trying to raise the H-1B quota again. If that happens in this climate, we'll once again see wholesale U.S. worker replacement and the already bad reputation that IT careers are starting to get will quickly grow much worse.
This profession can and has turned on a dime for American workers. And the idea that the higher-level jobs are still there for us is cold comfort, as such jobs are much harder to get and aren't the entry-level positions our students and retrainees will need. So don't send India any thank-you notes just yet. --Barb
India's outsourcing growth doesn't come from just the United States. In the last quarter much of it came from the United Kingdom and the European Union. So there's no contradiction in U.S. job growth combined with outsourcing growth. --Jayanthi
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