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Friday, November 30, 2012

Asians invade tech workers

The San Jose Mercury News reports:
Asian-Americans make up half of the Bay Area's technology workforce, and their double-digit employment gains came from jobs lost among white tech workers, according to an analysis by this newspaper of Census Bureau data released Thursday.

The dramatic shift in the changing composition of the high-tech workforce represents a new generation of homegrown and imported workers drilled in science, technology, engineering and math studies. But the shift in workplace demographics -- at least among tech companies -- fails to reflect the gains of California's Hispanic and Latino population, which lost ground in tech jobs along with African-Americans. ...

Yolanda Lewis, president and CEO of the Oakland-based Black Economic Council, sees trouble in the increased importation of Asian tech workers.

"do not want to employ Americans. They import labor from overseas, pushing for H-1B visas. Check the job boards. They basically say, 'H-1B Visa. Americans need not apply.' For years, women, blacks and Latinos have been kept out of the tech job market. Now white men are being forced to train their replacements."

Update: Jobs are also going offshore:
IBM has moved so much of its staff to India, it is now mostly an Indian company.

According to Computerworld, an internal document which its hacks have got their paws on shows that IBM has 112,000 workers in India, up from 6,000 in 2002. This means that Indian Big Blue workers now outnumber US IBM workers. ...

The average pay for all IBM workers in India was at $17,000. This is low to US IT workers, but not bad for India.

The Everest Group said the annual wages generally in India for a software engineer range from $8,000 to $10,000; for a senior software engineer, $12,000 to $15,000, and between $18,000 and $20,000 for a team lead. A project manager may make as much as $31,000.

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