Indian IT professionals losing interest in US tech jobs: Report
While the Trump administration may have created higher hurdles to a get a job in the US but still that hasn’t deterred professionals from seeking employment there. However, some countries may be losing interest in US jobs, India being one of them.
As per a study published by Indeed economist Andrew Flowers, the share of foreign job clicks for US-based tech job postings rose to 9.6% in the first quarter of 2019 from 9.3% for the same period in 2018.
Though the uptick comes despite initiatives by the Trump administration to clamp down on immigrants, however, some countries showed waning interest. The number of clicks on US tech job postings dropped the most from job seekers in India, Pakistan and the UK, though India is still the largest source of foreign job clicks on US tech listings by a large margin, according to the study.
Job seekers in India accounted for 3.7% of all clicks for US tech postings in April. Clicks from Canadian IP addresses were second at 0.6% while the UK, Germany, and the Philippines completed the top five.
Indeed found that while the proportion of clicks on tech job postings that came from outside the US climbed slightly over the past year from 9.3 percent of all clicks to 9.6 percent, the number of tech professionals looking to move from India to the US fell down by eight percent from the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019. Interest from Pakistanis dropped 37 percent, and that from job seekers in the United Kingdom dropped 12 percent. Meanwhile, interest from Germany, France, and Russia all jumped more than 25 percent. To reach these conclusions, Andrew Flowers looked at first-quarter clicks for postings with at least 50,000 clicks and used IP addresses to identify the job seekers’ locations.
It is no secret that Trump’s immigration policies have dampened the craze for US jobs slightly. Tighter visa rules have also impacted companies like Infosys which has cited the paucity of H-1B visas to go around among within the company as a major reason behind the increasing employee attrition.