One possible reason why Work From Home is okay now, will not affect h-1b hiring plans. Is because hiring has always been about nationality. Specifically don’t hire Americans, instead hire compliant foreign workers, that are tied to the job.
Facebook (in Facebook vs DOJ) admits it finds 30x more local STEM/IT workers than it can hire. That indictment is online. If you have any evidence that you can present to the DOJ that refutes this information (again provided to the DOJ, from Facebook, under threat of Federal obstruction of justice charges). Then you should provide that information to the DOJ, immediately. This indictment has been on the books for 5 months (and it was entered post election, so it wasn’t a political stunt). Facebook has yet to issue a rebuttal or counter claim.
I suspect Facebook will hope that Biden will (in exchange for continued silencing of conservative voices) try to drop the case quietly or settle for fraction of its value. And the value of this case (based on prior, similar cases) is 100,000$ per count, this indictment has 2600+ counts.
We have to realize that Facebook intentionally protected foreign workers from local competition. And that wasn’t 1 or 2, better qualified local candidates per foreign worker (by Facebook’s own admission in the DOJ indictment), it was 30x more better qualified local candidates than foreign workers.
Big Tech is not actually having any trouble finding local candidates for their STEM/IT positions. And that is because everyone wants to work for a big stable company. The companies that are having issues finding workers are the start-up companies, where the job is contract and/or lasting only a few months.
Big Tech knows it can lie about a mythical STEM worker shortage all it wants to the Press and to the Public. But they also know, they can’t lie to Federal investigators. And what was told to Federal investigators (in the DOJ vs Facebook indictment) is complete the opposite of what is said by them publicly about STEM/IT worker availability in the United States, hey in Silicon Valley.
Facebook gets hundreds of STEM/IT resumes for every job it posts on the Facebook jobs website (Facebook’s admission in the DOJ indictment). Facebook, after interviewing the candidates says it is finding 30 or more local qualified candidates per STEM/IT position (Facebook’s admission in the DOJ indictment). Facebook says (DOJ indictment), it would hire the 29 local STEM/IT candidates/(per job ad) it finds but can’t because there is only one position (available to Americans apparently). Facebook NEVER forwards the resumes of the better qualified local STEM/IT candidates to the hiring manager involved in the foreign worker Green Card perm process (DOJ indictment). Facebook says the local STEM/IT candidates (it is unable to hire because it doesn’t have jobs, haha right!) are better qualified than the foreign workers involved in the Green Card PERM process (DOJ Indictment).
Facebook, literally, discriminates based upon nationality, and that is why there is a strong possibility that the reason why your survey found that companies are not changing their H-1b hiring plans, due to Covid work from home protocols. Is because of discrimination based upon national origin.
Look, companies prefer an indentured workforce. They want engineers who are tied to the company and to the job. You can see that plainly in the Email exchange between Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs in the Silicon Valley no poaching scandal. Ordinary Americans have rights, that we simply cannot resign. If foreign workers exercise those rights, they risk returning to abject poverty or going to the back of the line in the Green Card process.
It is discrimination, by Federal Government statute which defines discrimination. To discriminate against someone because they have a better capability to exercise their rights than say a foreign worker (or any other person). That means that Facebook is practicing discrimination based upon National origin, in the United States, today.
Your rights are simply not something that employers can use to determine whether you are a better/worse candidate for a STEM/IT job, in the United States.
That’s just the reality that we need to be writing about and discussing.