Bill Gates lies to U.S. Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bill Gates Lies to Congress about Microsoft’s H-1B Wages

Contact: Mr. Kim Berry – President of www.programmersguild.org

SACRAMENTO March 19, 2006 – Bill Gates lied to the U.S. Congress last week. He misrepresented that Microsoft’s H-1b jobs for new graduates with no experience “start at about $100,000 per year.”  In fact in FY 2006 only 12.4% of Microsoft’s LCAs for H-1bs paid $100k or more, and these were for directors, managers, and legal counsel rather than for new graduates.

Bill is gambling that Congress will not bother to take 5 minutes and check the facts. It’s probably a safe gamble.

The current H-1B cap is 85,000 per year – arguably exceeding the rate of job creation. What limit does Bill Gates call for? He wants to flood in an unlimited number of H-1B workers: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5687039.html  (Could we at least compromise and cap it at one million per year?)

The Programmers Guild has documented the facts of how H-1b visas are actually used by industry on its website: H-1B visas are used in San Francisco predominately for underpaid, averaged skilled positions for which employers should have no trouble finding U.S. candidates:

www.programmersguild.org/sfh1b/

INCREASING THE LIMIT DOES NOT FIX THE PROBLEM

The way to fix the H-1B shortage is to stop issuing them to $17/hour accountants and average programmers – by requiring that employers first consider U.S. workers than then pay an actual comparable salary to the workers. Congressman Pascrell has drafted such a proposal: www.pascrell.house.gov/issues2.cfm?id=11398

Somehow Microsoft able to thrive with the minimal H-1B workers during the mid-1990s.

MICROSOFT NOT RECRUITING U.S. GRADUATES

The dropdown list at this page contains the schools where Microsoft recruits: www.microsoft.com/college/yourschool.aspx

 

    • The Computer Science program at U.C. Davis, where Norm Matloff teaches, failed to make the cut. (Norm: I guess you are not turning out “Microsoft” material – like the schools in India are.)

 

  • Many states, such as Nevada are completely overlooked.

MICROSOFT LAYING OFF U.S. WORKERS

According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer website, Microsoft has been laying off its U.S. workers. These are only the publicly disclosed events, and are independent from dismissals due to failure to perform:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/venture/layoff.asp

Company     # of          Date

Layoffs

 

Microsoft   72         08/05/2005

Microsoft   62         01/21/2005

Microsoft   49         09/02/2004

Microsoft   76         08/23/2004

Microsoft   20         06/22/2004

Microsoft   40         02/15/2004

Microsoft  161         06/27/2003

Microsoft   61         04/22/2002

Microsoft  168         01/23/2002

LOW DEMAND FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE GRADUATES

Of the 108 employers at the engineering CSUS career fair, only 24 were seeking computer science graduates. In contrast, 79 were seeking civil engineers. What message does that send to freshmen who are choosing a major – that the majority of employers have no need for U.S. computer science graduates?

Finally, see the Gates/Abramoff connection here:  www.anamericanscam.com/

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www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/17/AR2006031701798.html

For Gates, A Visa Charge

By David S. Broder

Sunday, March 19, 2006; Page B07

When the Senate comes back to work next week, it is scheduled to take up the issue of immigration. And that is what brought Bill Gates to Washington for a rare visit last week.

… As Gates said, these are highly paid, highly qualified individuals. Salaries for these jobs at Microsoft start at about $100,000 a year…

HERE ARE THE FACTS OF MICROSOFT’S USE OF H-1B:

The FY2006 data is zipped here, and contains both MS Access and Excel format.

  • 2134 LCAs filed
  • Median Salary= $84,407 (Skewed by some managers/directors/legal counsel in the $150k+ range)
  • Only 12.4% paid salaries of $100k or greater.

www.programmersguild.org/docs/microsoft_h1b_2005.zip   (only 147k)

FY 2005 is at beta.h1b.info:

http://beta.h1b.info/lca_job_list.php?page=1&name=MICROSOFT+CORP&company=microsoft&year=2005&sort=wage

H-1B applications filed by Microsoft Corporation during FY 2005*
* Applications submitted before October 2004 for jobs beginning in FY 2005.

Approved H-1B applications: 646   Total jobs: 648

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Job title Jobs Wage Begin Date Location(s)
INTERACTION DESIGNER 1 $46,267/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
SOFTWARE DESIGN ENGINEER 1 $54,628/year 10/11/2004 REDMOND, WA
SECURITY OPERATIONS ANALYST 1 $60,900/year 10/08/2004 REDMOND, WA
Graphic Designer/Artist 1 $61,851/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA & Dallas, TX
Industrial Designer 1 $62,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Marketing Manager 1 $62,500/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $62,700/year 11/15/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $63,000/year 10/25/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $63,922/year 10/29/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Design Engineer in Test 1 $64,903/year 01/01/2005 Redmond, WA
SOFTWARE TEST ENGINEER 1 $64,994/year 11/20/2004 Redmond, WA
Product Designer 1 $65,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Design Engineer in Test 1 $65,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $65,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Support Engineer 1 $65,125/year 10/19/2004 Redmond, WA & Charlotte, NC
Software Test Engineer 1 $65,405/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Lab Engineer 1 $65,806/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Design Engineer in Test 1 $65,831/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $66,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Support Analyst 1 $66,000/year 11/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Usability Engineer 1 $66,000/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $66,000/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
Associate Program Manager 1 $66,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Design Engineer in Test 1 $66,499/year 10/03/2004 Redmond, WA
SOFTWARE TEST ENGINEER 1 $66,586/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
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Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
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Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
SOFTWARE TEST ENGINEER 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
SOFTWARE TEST ENGINEER 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
Software Test Engineer 58 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
SOFTWARE TEST ENGINEER 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
SOFTWARE TEST ENGINEER 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA
SOFTWARE TEST ENGINEER 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 REDMOND, WA
Software Test Engineer 1 $67,000/year 10/01/2004 Redmond, WA