Hiring American IT workers

Are IT jobs coming back? Maybe, according to a story in today’s Wall Street Journal. The story talks about how major Indian IT firms — Infosys Technologies Ltd. and Wipro Ltd. — may begin hiring more American workers. The main reason, according the story: “to make sure they can still do business if the U.S. passes legislation that restricts their ability to send Indians to the U.S. to work.”
Note very carefully the specifics of the concern. The concern is not that they won’t be able to do business with US companies. The concern is the ability to “send Indians to the U.S.” In other words, people still have to come to the U.S. in order to do the work. As the story points out, “if Indians are going to compete with U.S. and European outsourcing companies, they need to have people in the U.S. to work face-to-face with customers, the outsourcers say.”
The standard view is that all the work is shipped overseas. The truth is much more complicated. Face-to-face is still important in the I-Cubed Economy. And our technology policy — including the immigration portions of that policy — needs to understand that complexity.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s