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Oracle chided for courting foreign Database Professionals

In this article we see that Oracle is in the top-10 firms who recruit foreign database workers, despite the high unemployment in the United States: 

 

Those attempts amount to a slap in the face of the American worker, given the relatively high unemployment rate among techies and continued job losses in the field, said Marcus Courtney, WashTech's president.

 

WashTech also insinuates that claims may not be justified:

But WashTech's Courtney argued that Intel's claim of not being able to find qualified U.S. workers doesn't hold water given the number of out-of-work technology professionals ready to do the jobs or who could be trained. "It defies the economic facts on the ground," he said.

According to U.S. Labor Department data, an average of 8,000 electrical and electronics engineers were unemployed last year. The unemployment rate for electrical and electronics engineers averaged 2.2 percent last year, compared with 1.3 percent in 2000. The unemployment rate for computer software engineers averaged 3.3 percent in 2004, compared with 1.7 percent in 2000.  

With 8,000 qualified U.S. Workers seeking jobs in the U.S.A, the articles notes that Oracle hired over 400 foreign database workers last year: 

According to WashTech, for the year ended Sept. 30, Oracle pursued labor certifications for 447 foreign workers, while Intel made the request for 297 and IBM did so for 168. The information also shows that the Labor Department certified 529 workers for Microsoft, 248 for Oracle, 143 for Intel and 96 for IBM.

Courtney said the fact that so many workers were certified by the Labor Department indicates the government isn't doing enough to protect American workers. "The Department of Labor acts as a rubber stamp," he said.


 

 
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