Can money solve all your recruitment issues? Usually we would say no, but it seems Microsoft is hoping everyone has a price – even the US government.
The technology company is asking the government to release extra work visas, and they’re offering $10,000 per worker if they do.
The country has already met its cap for H-1B visas, aimed at bringing technical expertise to the USA, for the year and no more will be available until 2013. Microsoft is facing 6,000 job openings, according to the Seattle Times, and the company suggests that money raised from companies looking to increase their foreign hires could be spent training Americans to fill future roles.
“It’s a problem that’s approaching dimensions of a genuine crisis,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft executive vice president and general counsel.
Smith suggested the government release an additional 20,000 H-1B visas reserved for STEM positions, with companies paying $10,000 per visa. The fees would total about $500m a year and could be used to increase the number of STEM teachers throughout elementary and secondary schools.