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Entries for Wednesday, October 26, 2005

October 26, 2005

H-1Beating a dead horse

Following on from yesterday’s post, Ephraim kindly forwarded me a quote from John Miano of the “Programmers’ Guild”. I haven’t yet got permission to post it here, but in summary, it confirms that years of experience was not taken into consideration when compiling their report.

Miano further states that according to the law, experience is not supposed to be taken into account when defining the prevailing wage.

Boy, did I feel silly.

Until I spent thirty seconds on Google and found the following on a Department of Labor webpage:

All employer applications for a prevailing wage determination shall initially be considered an entry level or Level I wage. The employer’s requirements for experience, education, training, and special skills shall be compared to those generally required for an occupation… and shall be used as indicators that the job opportunity is for an experienced (Level II), qualified (Level III), or fully competent (Level IV) worker and warrants a prevailing wage determination at a higher wage level.

Hey, it only directly contradicts the methodology used by the Programmers’ “Guild”.

Why I am so hot under the collar about this?

Because I’ve got a lot out of the H1-B scheme (it indirectly lead to me meeting Joy, after all), and think it’s one of the best ways for America to top up its melting pot.

Especially when the alternative is, you know, chance.

Being a non-resident is a pretty tough deal. When an employer is faced with two candidates for a position, one of whom is a US resident, and the other needing visa sponsorship, they’re only going to fork out thousands of dollars in filing and lawyers’ fees and wait the necessary time if the H1B candidate is thought to be significantly more beneficial to the company.

Yes, I’m certain abuse does exist. If someone wanted, I’m certain they could provide evidence of dubious “body shop” consultancies bringing in “cheap” foreign labour and treating them poorly. (Any parallels drawn here between software consulting and prostitution would be tasteless. Luckily I’m above such things.) But such companies knowingly break the law, and I’m would no more change their practices in response to visa caps than a crack dealer would when he sees McGruff the Crime Dog. (Hrmmm… Is comparing software consultants to crack dealers any better?)

The Programmers’ “Guild” is engaged in racism, pure and simple, and as such, should not be tolerated by an educated society. My hope is that Infoworld will consider posting a correction or clarification, or better yet, a follow-up column questioning their motives.

Online Wage Library - Search Wizard

Find out what the “prevailing wage” is for your job. Apropos of nothing, obviously.

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Slim Devices : Squeezebox

The new Squeezebox is gorgeous. Throw in excellent format support (MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC and FLAC) and an open-source server, and it’s a geek’s dream.

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Motorway map of England, Scotland and Wales

Nicely done map of the British motorway system in the style of the London Underground map. Not particularly *useful*, but man, is it pretty.

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