Trump immigration policies a source of frustration for employers

Through policy, the Trump administration has made it clear it is looking to minimize employer use of the H-1B visa program, the immigration pathway for highly-skilled foreign nationals to help meet key talent needs in tech, healthcare, and finance, among others. Talent consultants, researchers and employment attorneys say the administration’s continuous effort to complicate the process for hiring this talent has caused “a lot of frustration” for employers.

“It shakes the whole core of the organization,” Eileen Scofield, an attorney in Alston & Bird’s labor and employment group, told HR Dive. “It incentivizes them to go and build their infrastructure someplace else where they don’t have to worry about losing key people.”

In the early months of the pandemic, the administration declared a series of cessations of entry for H-1B applicants and other foreign nationals, citing public health and labor market concerns. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of

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20 Technology Skills Wanted By Amazon, Other Top Employers


Software developers, network engineers and systems engineers were the top three technology roles that employers were trying to fill in the second quarter, while SQL, project management and Java were most in-demand skills, according to a new report from Dice that focuses on tech hiring trends amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Recruits with programming language skills in Java, Python and C++ were at the top of the list for Amazon, which Dice ranked as the top tech employer during the second quarter.

There was continued growth among infrastructure-related tech occupations and emerging U.S. tech hub cities during the April-to-May period, even while tech job postings nationwide decline, according to Dice, a Centennial, Co.-based tech jobs site.

“In 2019, the biggest challenge confronting many businesses was the need to source great talent amidst record-low unemployment within the tech industry,” the Dice report states. “One year later, the biggest issues have been

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