To meet the demand for high-skilled workers, many employers are looking beyond the U.S. borders to fill their vacancies. In fact, 13 percent of employers saw their applications to hire workers with H-1B visas this year denied, partly due to the large number of companies applying.
More than a quarter of employers (27 percent) are in favor of raising the cap on H-1B visas, citing the skills gap and America’s need to progress in STEM-related fields as driving factors, according to a recent CareerBuilder study.
What this means for you
As many employers can attest, the skills gap is real, and it’s making hiring for high-skill positions difficult. Placing foreign workers in those tough-to-fill positions can help ease some of the pressure, but it’s only part of the solution.
We need to better inform U.S. workers of which skills are most valuable and sought after by employers, improve academic resources and training for them to develop those skills and, at the same time, bring in experts from other countries to work with U.S. experts to continue innovating and expanding the U.S. economy.