Why The Government’s Wage Data is Inadequate in Determining Fair Wages for U.S. and Foreign Workers

In an excellent article by Walter Ewing with American Immigration Council, Mr. Ewing explains why the current system of determining the “prevailing wage” for visa applications is flawed:

The bottom line is that the current system for determining the prevailing wage of a worker in a particular occupation and industry, with a given amount of experience and education, and in a specific locale, is not precise enough to serve its purpose: ensure that neither U.S. or foreign workers are unfairly disadvantaged in the labor market. For employment visas such as the H-1B to yield the maximum benefit to the U.S. economy as a whole, by supplementing rather than supplanting U.S. workers, then the appropriate pay scales must be calculated as accurately as possible.

Read the entire article here.

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