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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 ( 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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