There is a chance that the talent pool in the IT channel is about to get much more crowded.
Last week it was announced that the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Jobs Act, which would offer green cards to foreign students that receive a a degree in the STEM field, has passed the first vote in the House of Representatives by a 245 to 139 margin.
This is the second time that the bill has been voted on – it failed to pass back in September. U.S. Representative Lamar Smith, the sponsor of the legislation, revised and resubmitted the bill last week.
After the bill passed, Smith released a statement saying that many of the world's top students come to the United States to obtain advanced degrees in STEM subjects. He added that the country can boost economic growth and spur job creation by allowing American employers to more easily hire qualified foreign graduates.
This echoes a report put out by Microsoft that examines the lack of STEM talent available. They warned that there would not be enough talent in the IT channel to fill the job openings. The report also highlighted the need for better education across all grades.
"We must work especially hard to persuade young women and minority students – who are underrepresented in the STEM fields – that their contributions are needed and that exciting and rewarding career opportunities exist for them," reads the report. "Expanding the STEM talent pool to include more women and minorities is not simply a matter of ensuring that all members of society have access to educational opportunities. It requires even more significant and targeted investment."
It seems clear that the need for skilled IT professionals is going to be a concern for IT Principals. VARs and MSPs can become go-to resources to help decision-makers find the impactful talent they desire.