Employers and Immigration

The employers in the U. S. market have also seen changing climate impact their performance in the productivity both in high-skilled work areas and low-skilled work areas. The trends of immigration directly relate to their market operations, productivity and then national growth. Coming from as far past as the 1970s and the 1980s, current research suggests that rules of the game for the employers for the market have changed.

To remain in the competition they are now staying upfront by investing exclusively on the basis of unit costs that are short-run. However, U. S. labor market continue to see a sharp decline in the wages of low-skilled workers and middle income people which has brought employers in the sway because they find it hard to operate in the current situation. Although legislation and policies have been called for, there is huge pressure on the employers (Wieler & Howell, 1998).

Employers like Bill Gates have shown their concerns about immigration legislation and the problems they are facing in the local as well as international market because of these policies and procedures. According to concerns shown by Bill Gates U. S. immigration system’s limits on high-skilled workers’ visas, delays in the bureaucratic procedures, extra-careful checks in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 attacks, all are having deterring impact on their productivity and keeping talent high-skilled people outside U. S.

borders which is very impeding. Gates also warned the U. S. authorities that the United States of America cannot afford to lose time and the state of affairs in the present situation can lead to severe conditions which might in turn create loss in the edge that the U. S. holds over other countries. There is stark need that Congress now reform the present immigration system. Moreover, according to the CEO of Microsoft, the cumbersome procedures now result in over-long delays in possibilities of a professional’s coming to U. S.

On the other side of the picture, this rigidity of policies and immigration system has benefited such countries as Australia and Canada where, at the moment, more and more high-skilled workers are heading for because of softer immigration policies and speedier procedures. Another point of concern of employers in the U. S. workforce market is that there must be softness in the process by which an immigrant becomes a permanent resident of the United States. This is important for the fact that by this way attraction will be created among those talented professionals who are interested in migrating to U.

S. but are not taking steps because of these bits of legislator. He stressed on the need to attract more and more high-skilled people on specialized jobs, especially in the information technology sector, so that the U. S. continue to grow with similar pace as it has been growing now. If this point is taken into serious consideration, according to Gates, there is no doubt that U. S. information industry will grow to significant peaks leaving the rest of the world far behind (US Fed news, 2007).

Another important point that Gates raised was about the retention policies and procedures that are not successfully keeping the foreign students in the country. This is important for the future of the country that talent students are persuaded to stay in the country. This can be achieved by the investment that the government can make in their further education which will have high impact on the overall and long-run growth of the country. There is serious need that government make such policies as can increase public investment in research and development areas.

This is so because countries like China and regions like Europeans Union are investing heavily on their public-related research and development and thus they are more likely to benefit from this research in the coming time than the United States of America. According to Bill Gates it is essential that the U. S. government increase its funding for research and development in the public-related issues, and this should be done with a degree of 10 percent annual increase so that problems of the employers, that are actually the problems of the country, can be taken to better, more beneficial solutions (US Fed news, 2007).