My experience with H1B's are basically the same as far as talent goes.  Some 
are highly skilled, others are good or average, and then others are not quite 
as talented.  However, I've noticed that the work ethic with most H1B's tends 
to be very serious and dedicated.  They work very hard and are driven to make 
American IT money.

The bottom line is that the IT field in general is more competitive and for all 
those who didn't know that Scott Klement "IS" an Expert in the RPG language as 
well as an Expert on the midrange platform, if he has experienced lack of 
opportunity then no one should be surprised!

Just in the past 2 - 3 weeks I conducted a national search looking for 
displaced iSeries resources who would be willing to work on a project that 
would provide them with the opportunity to better their skills and to get back 
in the market and the very "person" in this very forum who I thought would jump 
at the opportunity, did not respond.  I was actually a little disappointed.

Sounds to me that some people are still very bitter.  The question is will you 
remain bitter or will you allow yourself to get better?

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So far all of the outscourced code that has been written for my company
has been so poorly written that we have been feverishly working to
rewrite it.

I said nothing about outsourcing. We're a family owned USA-based private
company. Have we been approached by outsourcers to use them as our
"backend"? Sure. Have we accepted? No! Outsourcing can work, I have no
doubt there are smart Indians, Pakistanis, Russians, Chinese, etc. But
like any large project it's got to be planned, managed, overseen and
monitored. Most outsourcing attempts don't do that.

The consulting company that was brought in for the last project used
H1B programmers.

There's always that implied accusation that foreign H1B workers are
somehow cheaper than their American counterparts. Sure, I guess anyone
can underpay anyone. I'm sure there are American workers getting paid
less than minimum wage too, but like that, paying H1Bs less than the
prevailing wage for the geographically appropriate region is illegal.
Heck, we even have to agree to pay their transport out of the country if
we terminate them.

The biggest offenders of this practice seems to be New York based

Can't say for sure, but probably because we're also such a huge
employment market. Hell, we (NY Employers) are expected to spend more
then 7 Billion on Vista related services alone this year. 

I would advise job hunters to avoid the New York area for employment.

OK, so if I understand it correctly, your advise to those that can't
find a job is to avoid an area that has jobs and instead complain about
the lack of jobs? 

So stick that in your pipe Mr. Leverich.

Personally I prefer a cigar, but if it's got the right tobacco...


Walden H Leverich III
Tech Software
(516) 627-3800 x3051

Quiquid latine dictum sit altum viditur.
(Whatever is said in Latin seems profound.)

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