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December 2017

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Key H-1B Employment Data Implications New research from Softletter shows 26 percent of software companies employ H-1B personnel, and that's about to get more challenging. R I C K C H A P M A N Managing Editor & Publisher, Softletter software executives. The purpose of this survey is to de- velop a comprehensive snapshot of the current state of how software companies staff, what jobs are most typ- ically outsourced, and how staffing resources are typi- cally allocated. DO YOU EMPLOY H-1B PERSONNEL? In the U.S., the H-1B program allows a company to em- ploy non-U.S. citizens if there is a shortage of U.S. work- ers to fill skilled technical jobs. If your country has a similar program and you do employ this class of worker at your firm, please answer "Yes." If it does not, please answer "No" and proceed with the survey. n September 2017, Softletter closed its latest software staffing survey, which for the first time asked our respondents to tell us about their us- age of H-1B personnel. We felt it would be im- portant to include this data in light of the increasing controversy surrounding the program, as well as the fact that in March of 2017 the U.S. Citizenship and Immi- gration Service announced that it was temporarily sus- pending premium processing for H-1B visas. The Trump administration's follow-up announcement in April of a Buy American, Hire American Executive Order only made the topic more timely. Below are some key H-1B highlights from the Softletter 2017 Software Company Staffing Survey. Decimals have been rounded off to 1 degree of precision for summary results and percentages may not equal 100 percent. The survey was launched in autumn of 2017, and the MatrixCX (www.allegiance.com) online system was used to generate and manage the survey. The question- naire recorded over 300 valid responses from senior I DEMOGRAPHICS DEVELOPMENT STAGE OF YOUR COMPANY 69% Privately owned, privately funded 12% Public 10% Privately owned, venture funded 9% No significant customer revenue 75% SaaS, B2B 12% On-premises server-based or desktop software 7% SaaS, B2C 4% Mobile applications, B2B 1% Mobile applications, B2C No Yes 0 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 74% 26% OPINIONS & CHALLENGES Index By R. Chapman KEY H-1B EMPLOYMENT DATA IMPLICATIONS SOFTWAREEXECUTIVEMAG.COM DECEMBER 2017 12

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