Lessons for Singapore from U. S. IT Majors

It requires no analytical, engineering brain to grasp the key message hitting home from the decision of IT majors Infosys and Cognizant to hire thousands of Americans, to deal with curbs on job visas for foreigners.

No Green Cards if you guessed it right — that the over-reliance on H-1B visas is not the result of any shortage in local resources but because easy immigration enabled the import of cheap, under-qualified personnel!

As the report linked to below points out, Infosys will hire 10,000 Americans over the next two years. Cognizant also plans to ramp up local hiring in the Land of Opportunity and may exceed the number quoted by Infosys.

The two companies were among the many the Trump administration had blamed for abusing the H-1B visa programme.

There are lessons for Singapore from it – strictly enforce a “hire Singaporeans” policy and businesses will fall in line. Firms are prone to having their way amid a complicit, pro-business environment.

The “isms” Will Disappear

Tighten the screws and all the “isms” will disappear – racism, sexism, ageism! It will also help deal with local unemployment.

Keep it easy and that is a surefire way to lead to resentment and worse.

If the perceived dearth of talent is true, so is the reluctance of companies to hire and train locals!

G Joslin Vethakumar 



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