As the issue of immigration reform continues to be a hotly-debated topic, it’s clear that one major component that will almost certainly be affected—whether through congressional actions and the resultant new legislation, or by executive orders from the White House—the H-1B visa program.
This is the program that authorizes the temporary employment of qualified highly skilled foreign workers who are not otherwise authorized to work in the United States.
In response to both the uncertainty surrounding the future of the H-1B program and looming changes to it, as well as an overall push to have more work performed domestically, major companies are now reevaluating their projects and the deployment model used to complete them.
When a corporation looks to execute their IT and creative or digital budgets, they tend to choose from 5 distinct deployment models. They can:
- utilize internal staff and execute the project with full-time employees
- opt for an Indian-centric offshore company
- engage a project consulting firm
- work with a reputable outsourcing form OR
- use a staff augmentation platform such as ASGN Incorporated
Each option has its own strengths and weaknesses. However, due to factors such as newer skill sets not being as prevalent overseas, the possible risk of work interruption due to visa laws changing, and the increasing pressure to have work done domestically, we are seeing a shift.
The result of that shift? When faced with these issues, more companies are choosing the staffing model, versus offshoring. This dovetails nicely with the new administration’s calls to “prioritize and protect the jobs, wages, and well-being of U.S. Workers.”
The topic of H-1B visas has certainly gotten a lot of media coverage lately. Countless articles and news stories abound and the volume is getting turned up as the dialogue intensifies. Despite the media onslaught, ASGN remains focused on meeting the needs of high tech companies by providing highly skilled workers that are already authorized to work in the United States.
In addition to the concerns surrounding H-1B visas, there are other factors employers should be mindful of, including the issue of diversity. When using typical offshore companies, many of which are located in India, the fundamental lack of diversity in their workforce can prove to be a challenge. As employers face heightened scrutiny and increased pressure to maintain a higher level of social responsibility, the issue of diversity has become even more critical. Our platform helps many highly regulated institutions meet their diversity needs, helping ensure they have a diverse workforce.
In addition to diversity issues, security and confidentiality are also concerns. Our platform offers a quick and easy solution by providing verified and vetted workers to handle potentially sensitive data. For example, when a company such as JPMorgan Chase uses domestic labor, that’s good for America. By keeping their workforces here, employers are able to monitor and maintain the quality of their workforces. They have more immediate control of them and can therefore be more nimble in adjusting to business needs. Plus, they get to enjoy the visibility of putting more Americans to work and keeping jobs in the country.
ASGN's platform offers you a more socially responsible option, providing qualified, trained professionals who are authorized to work in the U.S. without special visa restrictions or the financial obligations that come with H-1B workers. We mitigate the risk and worry for you—and we can even increase your productivity by bringing you only pre-vetted candidates who are already ramped up and ready to go.
We are proud to serve as your trusted advisor, helping you navigate and thrive in this rapidly changing environment. We we will be here to inform and support you. Our companies are proven leaders in talent solutions, so regardless of your industry, we’ve got you covered.
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