This Workforce Magazine article is typical of the “STEM shortage shouting” genre: There is an acute STEM labor shortage; employers are desperate to hire, but the only way to do so is to poach from another firm; workers are inundated with job offers; long-term solutions include getting more women and minorities into the field, often via novel educational vehicles, but the short-term solution is H-1B. I’ve seen hundreds of such articles since the industry lobbyists made their first big push for expanding the visa program in 1997.
The following excerpt is very telling:
“If you’re looking for a database engineer on job boards, good luck,” Siegel said. “A database engineer in San Francisco is courted by recruiters every single day. That person will never look for a job again for the rest of their career, jobs will go to them. There’s too much interest.”
I asked a database engineer whom I highly respect to comment, anonymously. He writes
Out of the four (including me) database professionals I know, exactly none has received, over the last three years, an offer for permanent work at a higher salary than before. We all get absurd low-ball offers all day long, but so what.
Once again, this goes back to comments Wharton’s Peter Cappelli has made repeatedly, that a so-called “shortage” is often actually a refusal among many employers to pay market price.