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Tech Leaders Warn IT Talent Shortage Could Curb Hiring Plans

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Although technology companies would like to increase hiring this year, they are concerned that a shortage of skilled workers will limit their ability to do so, according to a Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) survey of more than 1,700 technology executives. Over the next 12 months, 63 percent of survey respondents plan to hire new employees, but 69 percent cited a "shortage in the quantity and quality" of candidates with technology skills.

The survey results support the technology industry's claims of an IT talent shortage as they push for immigration reform and improvements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. TECNA executive director Bob Moore says his trade group supports comprehensive immigration reform, "in particular the high-skilled aspects that increase H-1B visas for STEM workers."

However, Congressional immigration reform efforts appear stalled. Although the Senate passed a comprehensive bill, House speaker John Boehner recently said that he would not consider the legislation. Visa reform is supported by several trade groups and technology companies, but TECNA's survey found that many IT executives feel their interests aren't adequately represented by the actions of the federal government.

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