American Employers Refuse to Stop Geolocking Their Positions [ tweaked oh so slightly ]
The real question is why can’t software development seem to get past geolocking its positions in certain locales? How can you maintain any kind of credibility by forcing the folks producing distributed development tools to all be on the same campus ( the eat your own dogfood axiom )?
American employers need to look seriously at the premise that there isn’t an IT labor crunch, but rather, an IT laborer shortage in certain US geographies. The REAL PROBLEM is that many IT jobs ARE NOT LOCATION DEPENDENT, but managers refuse to trust their employees to telecommute. There may also be a need for some telecommuters bill of rights model uniform law, federally recognized but adopted by the several states.
Almost all of the job vacancies I have seen recruiters pitch as difficult to fill are in the category of “you must relocate to a given city” with hiring managers refusing to give any credence to the IT worker’s perfect understanding that the probability is pretty high that one week after they move their family to Silicon Valley, Boston, Redmond, wherehaveyou, that the position will be offshored to India. Employers cannot sow the wind without reaping the whirlwind…