This appears to be a global phenomenon. Higher the experience, more are
tantrums of conscious performing hands. Looking side ways to seek a
solution would be unadvisable. Such experienced hands should be given
dual role of project execution through engineering.
Importing manpower may look fine as a stop-gap arrangement.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Fisher" <dfisher(--nospam--at)fplushse.com>
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2001 7:58 pm
Subject: RE: Wage Busting
> We've found that the so-called "over qualified/senior" workers aren't
> interested in designing buildings.
> They want to "manage projects"; own a piece of my firm; get paid a
> lot of
> money and tell me how to run my business.
> American "mid-level" people aren't available....we've posted well
> payingproject engineer level job opportunities
> on both the internet and in the Chicago Tribune; so we've made the
> jobsavailable to US engineers...the best qualified resumes we've
> gotten have been from overseas.
> In accordance with the INS H1-B visa provisions, we pay
> competitive salaries
> (frankly, much more than market rate here in Chicago)
> to those we bring in from overseas. They work very hard and have a
> hell of a
> lot less baggage.
> David L. Fisher, SE,PE
> Senior Principal
> Fisher+Horos Structural Engineers
> 372 West Ontario
> Chicago, Illinois 60610
> 312.573.1726 fax
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Todd Hill [mailto:thill(--nospam--at)tkarch.com]
> Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 8:52 AM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> Subject: RE: Wage Busting
> Before we look off shore for foreign engineers industry should, at
> the very
> least, expand their selection of personnel to the pool of "Over
> Qualified"and senior more experienced American Engineers and High
> Tech workers
> by years of experience.
> So where are these people located?
> We have run employment ads for the past couple of months and have
> receivedvery few (if any) responses.
> Because of this we are now starting to look abroad.
> I've also talked to few other people in our industry and this
> seems to be
> the trend.
> I might be naive, but I don't think it is so much "wage busting"
> as it is
> too few workers.