C-suite propaganda. There is no tech talent shortage; there is a shortage of employers willing to pay reasonable rates for talent with non-slavery working conditions. Instead, they write totally nonsensical job descriptions for fantasy positions that are deliberately impossible to fill and then use that as an excuse to apply for H1-Bs en masse.
When the H1-B route doesn't work, companies go for downsizing before outsourcing. IT people tend to offer the least resistance of anyone when faced with infinitely-scaling workloads and "other duties as assigned" taken to borderline/actual illegal levels, but when the layoffs hit, this inadvertently drives the cost of domestic talent *higher* by transforming large swathes of the newly-unemployed labor market into increasingly expensive unicorns who find themselves unable to get new jobs because they are overqualified and/or too costly compared to the fiercely competitive zoomer college grads who all have compsci degrees with minors in cybersecurity and 50+ random certifications applying for any and every tech position possible. These kids obviously don't have the experience to do anything besides entry level help desk work, but that's irrelevant to the employers who are fatally attracted to prospect of replacing a department full of aging, costly specialists with a young one-man-army who thinks a starting offer of $70k is impressive in 2023.>>3708543>third world pajeets are cheaper
That gap has been closing for years. Their pay demands may never reach domestic levels, but there is a much lower threshold where the money saved no longer offsets the loss from the guaranteed nosedive in quality. That's not to say outsourcing will go away, it just won't be India providing the labor anymore, and their economy is fucked when that day comes and their multitudes of cookie cutter IT nobodies have nowhere to work.