PassRight: US Needs to do More to Attract Foreign Talent as IT Engineer Shortage Continues
1 million technology jobs are predicted to go unfilled in the US by 2020.
San Francisco, United States (PRUnderground) March 7th, 2019
US multinational companies lack the human capital needed to perform in the US, recent data suggests. To combat the problem, companies are increasingly moving work out of the US and overseas by establishing hubs in countries where IT and software engineers are more accessible.
The problem of the shortage of tech talent in the US has been recognized by politicians and thought leaders for many years, but it shows no signs of a coherent solution as we enter 2019. Silicon Valley is still facing a shortage of foreign tech talents so notable that, at any given day, there are over 10,000 open positions just for full stack software engineers.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects that a further 1.4 million positions will be open in computing, and an estimated 1 million technology jobs will go unfilled by 2020.
It’s unlikely that the problem is being caused by a lack of career prospects in the field. The average annual salary for a mid-Senior Software Engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area is at $140,000, almost three times the median household income across the US.
According to Liran Jakob Rosenfeld, the C.E.O of San Francisco-based Startup PassRight, the solution is not to just to educate more engineers but to bring the top talent from the around the globe to Silicon Valley. This line of thought is shared by many experts.
Even president Trump, often staunchly opposed to immigration, recognizes the importance of bringing in foreign talent. Just last month, in a Tweet regarding US immigration, he stated, “…We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US”.
The O-1 Visa is in place to make it easy for superb and highly-qualified individuals to get a visa to work in the US, but there are still too few people applying and being accepted for this.
According to Rosenfeld, the hefty size of the problem is also the size of the opportunity. He believes that there is an abundance of talented and qualified engineers eager to work in Silicon Valley, but that this talent pool faces too many roadblocks and daunting immigration policies.
To combat this Problem, Passright – also known as the ‘O-1 Visa Company’ – is reducing the roadblocks facing foreign talent who qualify for the O-1 Visa by financing their entire immigration costs in exchange for a percentage of their salary.
PassRight believes this Income Sharing Agreement (I.S.A) model is ideally suited to the industry due to the high wages on offer. They offer several financing models, one of which is an annual repayment of 17% of your salary, capped at $25,000 if you land a job.
PassRight is a SaaS Company providing technology to Immigration Law Firms.