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Google, Amazon, Meta are hiring low-paid H1B workers for specialized roles in US

Just months after layoffs, major tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Meta are hiring low-paid foreign workers for highly specialized technical roles.

Google's parent company Alphabet announced laying off around 12,000 workers or around 6% of its workforce earlier this year. (REUTERS)Premium
Google's parent company Alphabet announced laying off around 12,000 workers or around 6% of its workforce earlier this year. (REUTERS)

Major tech companies including Google and Amazon are hiring low-paid H1B foreign workers for specialized roles in the US. The news of hiring low-paid foreign workers comes at a time when major companies in Silicon Valley have undergone massive layoffs and fresh rounds of layoffs could still be announced. The list of companies hiring foreign workers includes Google, Meta, Amazon, Zoom, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Palantir.

According to a report by investigative journalist Lee Fang, Google has filed dozens of applications in the US to hire low-paid H1B workers to fill highly specialized posts software engineers, analytical consultants, user experience researchers etc. 

A lot of H1B Visa holders including Indians have been affected by the layoffs by major tech companies in the US. These e

Google-owned self-driving car company Waymo has also filed similar Visa applications for engineering jobs. Citing data from US Department of Labor, Fang says that many of these applications are for new employees and joining dates could be as early as August 17 this year.  Amazon CEO Andy Jassy in March announced that the company is laying off another 9,000 employees. In the largest round of layoffs till date, Amazon had already fired around 18,000 workers. 

Meta, the company behind Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram has fired almost 25 percent of its workforce following CEO Mark Zuckerberg's ‘year of efficiency’ maxim.  Microsoft had also announced laying off around 10,000 jobs or almost 5% of the workforce in a bid to ‘exercise caution as some parts of the world are in a recession and other parts are anticipating one.’ 

Additionally, Reports claim that Microsoft will not raise the salaries of its full time employees and reduce the budget for bonuses and stock rewards this year.Google's parent company Alphabet announced laying off around 12,000 workers or around 6% of its workforce earlier this year.

 

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Updated: 18 May 2023, 04:45 PM IST
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