Sunday, December 14, 2014

Who Knew Those Microsoft Jobs Were Not Going To Go To Canadians?


Alison of Creekside, that's who.

Specifically, she figured out that the software development center 'somewhere in the Vancouver area' was going to be a scam to get around American H1B Visa rules back in June:

South of the border however the same story was about how Microsoft was moving here to access Canada's more open policy to bringing in temporary foreign workers, after the US limit was reached for the year :
Canada welcomes any highly skilled worker who has a job offer, and salaries for tech workers are about 10 percent to 15 percent lower than in the U.S.
Karen Jones, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, says her company applied for about twice the roughly 750 H-1B visas it received for 2015. “The U.S. laws clearly did not meet our needs,” she says. “We have to look to other places.” Microsoft will hire and train 400 software developers from around the world to work on mobile and cloud projects. Jones says Microsoft didn’t choose to expand in Vancouver “purely for immigration purposes, but immigration is a factor.”
OK, so a boost to the economy but not 400 Canadians jobs.
Yeah, I think we heard about this plan in 2007 :  Microsoft sings 'O Canada' amid immigration challenges
"Amid challenges getting enough foreign programmers admitted into the U.S., Microsoft plans this fall to open a development center in Canada.The new software development center will open somewhere in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area and will be "home to software developers from around the world," Microsoft said in a statement on Thursday.
"The Vancouver area is ... close to Microsoft's corporate offices in Redmond, Washington."


In other words, if the Americans are being too choosey giving out visas because because they want some of those Microsoft jobs to go to Americans we are are more than happy to oblige them and give all our jobs away instead.

You can read Alison's excellent, well-sourced, and highly credible update on this story here.

Of course, this entire deal, just like the tax haven deals between burger giants and donut hole co's, is being greased by former governmental spinmeisters turned lobbyists...Alison has that story, which you will never see, hear or read in various and sundry uber-credible proMedia outlets, also.



Bill said...

Clark and Harper and TFW's. Promises of families first trumped by corporations first. Canadian citizens get less than expected from our leaders - but that is really what should be expected. Hype and broken promises. If I was a newly graduated Canadian born potential Microsoft job seeker I would be both looking over my shoulder and shaking my head.

This TFW dipsey-doodle looks like a puppy farm mill for Microsoft.

RossK said...


I think the way it is supposed to work is that every newly graduated kid is supposed to become Bill Gates so that they, too, can then insource their own bundle of cheap outsourced labour.

Or some such, newly-aged race-to-the-bottom-of-the-barrel-type nonsensical thing.

Anonymous said...


e.a.f. said...

this ought to be entertaining. Unemployed tech. Canadians, while they import foreign workers for Microsoft. I've got a feeling there are some Americans who aren't too pleased about this either.

People have only themselves to blame, they voted Harper and his herd into office. Now they can be unemployed because of it.

Anonymous said...

press release democracy?