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Indian techies are far more obsessed with working in the US than anyone else

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Eyes peeled for work.
  • Ananya Bhattacharya
By Ananya Bhattacharya

Tech reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Donald Trump’s crackdown on work visas in the US has hardly deterred Indian techies.

Between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, 3.7% of the total clicks on US-based tech jobs on Indeed.com came from India, according to data from the portal.

At 0.6%, Canada trailed at a distant second in clicks coming from IP addresses outside the US.

Indians’ craze for American jobs has survived a series of steps by the Trump administration that make it harder for foreign workers to get the highly sought-after H-1B visa, which allows a professional to live and work in the US for up to six years. Indians are the biggest beneficiaries of the H-1B.

However, the protectionist environment may have started to take a toll lately.

In January-March 2019, Indian techies’ clicks on US-based jobs fell by nearly 8% year-on-year on Indeed.com. Techies from the UK and Pakistan were even less inclined to apply than those from India.

Meanwhile, Germany, France, and Russia posted the largest year-over-year increases in their shares of clicks on US tech job listings, each up over 25%.

Types of jobs

“Foreign interest appears to be highest for difficult-to-fill tech jobs,” the report said. Data show there is a higher foreign click share on job listings that have lower clicks overall.

Indeed.com
Tough-to-fill jobs.

Moreover, tech jobs with higher average salaries also had higher foreign clicks. “This relationship may reflect visa requirements,” the report said. “Visas, such as the H-1B, are expensive to process. To make it worthwhile to an employer, these workers should be highly skilled and worth the cost.”

Indeed.com
High-salary jobs.

Developer and engineer roles were most sought after while technician and support roles drew the least attention among foreigner jobseekers, as per Indeed’s analysis of tech jobs with a minimum of 50,000 total clicks. 

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