According to a new survey more than 40 per cent H-1B visa holders are afraid of losing their jobs because of old age. Almost 18 per cent of employees of the tech industry are constantly worried about losing their jobs. This is a scary scenario. Usually, employees are fired because of diversity issues but the case seems different now. Every tech company wants their workforce to be young.
This survey was done by Indeed in September with over 1000 tech industry employees. Out of them, 46 per cent were millennials. 36 per cent of employees thought that 31 – 35 years was the average age. Only 17 per cent respondents thought that 20 – 30 years was the average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 25 percent of employees will be more than 55 years of age by 2019. According to the survey, it was found that the average work age of tech employees that participated was 15 years and nine months.
Famous tech companies like Google, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Apple are accused of age-based discrimination since 2012. Since 2012 over 300 cases have been by filed by ex-employees against these companies for age-based discrimination.
Silicon Valley companies expand
Silicon Valley companies are no more the favorite place for tech workers. San Jose and San Francisco have become two favorite spots to find jobs for tech workers of all ages. Seattle stands at number three for millennials while Huntsville, Alabama is stands at the same position for baby boomers. There is a strong presence of companies like Boeing and Northrop Grumman in Huntsville that attracts the older population of employees.
Ageism shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to work. A person works because he has to provide for his family. Companies cannot act this shallow when it comes to removing employees based on age.