The tech industry is one of the most booming sectors in the United States. Donald Trump’s promise of “America First” entails more jobs. However, will President Trump’s administration affect the status of the tech industry?
A survey was conducted wherein recruiters from different companies, firms, and even government agencies were asked if Trump’s presidency could affect the hiring in the tech industry. Based on the results, 77 percent of the respondents believe that there will be no change in hiring for tech companies this 2017. While 12 percent said that there will be more hiring because of the new administration. However, 11 percent think that the new president will cause less hiring due to some problems such as immigration issues.
Michael Durney, President and CEO of DHI Group, Inc., said that "Tech is an industry that is consistently in need of highly skilled talent and will source far and wide to ensure the best talent is hired.”
He added, "Having the ability to recruit from the widest talent pool is a key driver of the ability to innovate for companies with tech needs. We've long said programs like H-1B visas are necessary as long as companies are not exploiting the system and the program is leveraged as intended, which is to bring access to the best and brightest to American employers."
Meanwhile, USA Today reported that the CEOs of Microsoft, Apple, Netflix, Uber, Airbnb and Tesla Motors condemned Trump's immigration ban. They strongly believe that their employees who are already working legally in the U.S. will be affected. Aside from that, it will also have an impact on their quest for looking for more talented and skilled workers.
Netflix CEO and founder Reed Hastings even posted on his Facebook, “Trump's actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe. A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in a America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.”
It was just last January 23 that CEO of the largest companies in the United States sat down with President Trump for the first big meeting in the White House, says Jobs & Hire.