Computerworld Creates Online Database of H-1B Wage Information Searchable by Job Category and Region

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 28, 2005 – The debate over the H-1B visa program has been vehemently waged over the last several years. Proponents of the H-1B program argue it is important to the overall health of the economy, while opponents believe it is stealing jobs from U.S. IT workers.

A special report in this week's issue of Computerworld shows wages paid to H-1B workers have decreased between 1% and 5% over the last few years.

In conjunction with the report, Computerworld is launching a searchable online database of H-1B wages aimed at providing further insight into the debate.

"There is probably no more controversial employment issue in the tech sector than the H-1B visa program," said Computerworld Editor in Chief Don Tennant. "In fact, some unemployed U.S. IT workers consider us 'traitors' for even writing about it without condemning it. Others recognize it as an economic reality that they need to deal with. This special report, along with the accompanying online interactive tool, will enable readers to determine the wages of H-1B workers and will serve as a valuable resource to help them deal with that reality."

The online database was compiled from H-1B wage information from the U.S. Department of Labor which looks at the IT areas of programming, system analysis, data communication and networking as well as user and technical support.

The online database can be found at: http://www.computerworld.com/governmenttopics/government/h1b/ .

A sample from the database, shown below, looks at national H-1B average wages for all systems analysis and programming positions. In addition to five job categories, the database is searchable by state or nationwide.

Average Prevailing Wage vs. Average Paid Wage

2001 2001-2002

Pct. Change 2002 2002-2003

Pct. Change 2003

Prevailing $ 52,875 1% 53,384 0% $ 53,612

Paid $ 60,357 0% 60,554 0% $ 59,701

Sample Size 109,380 67,056 70,288

Median Prevailing Wage vs. Median Paid Wage

2001 2001-2002

Pct. Change 2002 2002-203

Pct. Change 2003

Prevailing $45,015 33% $59,685 -15% $50,642

Paid $51,606 15% $59,220 -15% $70,000

Sample Size 109,380 67,056 70,288

For further information or to speak with Don Tennant from Computerworld, please contact Steve Sylven at 781-915-5015 or Erin Keefe at 617-512-9498.

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