Exploring Key Challenges of the IT Skills Gap
Legal Immigration The H-1B visa program enables U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations such as computer programming. Miano points to an anti-immigration sentiment surrounding H-1B visas, adding that the supply of IT talent through the H-1B program is not an illegal immigration issue.
When it comes to the IT job market, viewpoints regarding demand for different IT skills and what some consider a serious skills shortage vary. Tech companies, analysts and recruiters have cited shortages of Java, .Net and C++ developers, as well as a tight supply of workers with expertise in cloud computing, mobile computing, social networking and security. At a recent event, Bob Miano, president and CEO of executive search and recruitment firm Harvey Nash plc, referred to an "IT skills cliff" and compared the shortage in certain areas of IT to the fiscal cliff. To some, including frustrated job seekers, skills shortages might not seem so apparent. This is partly due to a complex mix of economic and political issues, ranging from trends in education and immigration, as well as concerns about the U.S. as a technological innovator. Here, Miano offers a perspective on why some might not see a skills gap and should, why not enough students are pursuing technology careers, and where skilled workers might come from.