Tech job postings up 15%; policy group data shows H-1B workers not taking US jobs

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September 28, 2021 — The number of unique, active job postings for computer occupations in the US rose 15% in the six months ended Sept. 6, according to an analysis released today by the National Foundation for American Policy, a nonpartisan policy research organization.

In all, there were more than 1.2 million unique, active job vacancy postings in the US as of Sept. 6. The NFAP says this number helps underscore that H-1B visa workers are not taking jobs from US workers. The organization noted there are more than 20 times as many job vacancy postings in computer occupations as new H-1B petitions typically used by companies in computer occupations each year.

NFAP also noted there are likely many more openings than publicly posted. Additionally, it argued, there is not a fixed number of jobs — and people with high skills often create more jobs for people with complementary skills.

“Companies have an ongoing need for more highly skilled professionals to grow, and an insufficient number of available workers slows growth in the US economy and encourages businesses to move more work outside the United States,” said Stuart Anderson, executive director of NFAP.

It also noted the number of job openings at large users of H-1B workers as evidence the visa holders are not taking jobs from US workers. For example, it cited Amazon with more than 20,000 job vacancy postings in computer occupations as of Sept. 6.

The postings in computer occupations include 435,639 active job vacancy postings for software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers, 112,990 for network and computer system administrators, 110,134 for computer systems analysts, 76,126 for information security analysts and 47,181 for electrical engineers. NFAP said these occupations track those eligible for H-1B visas, according to Department of Homeland Security and US Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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