Visa Crunch

Thinking of working at Google or Apple on H-1B visa due to the high pay? Think again.

The new age of digital media consumption and online food delivery services has brought with it new players in the technology industry. Streaming services like Netflix and vacation rental marketplace Airbnb are upping their standards in terms of the pay offered to H-1B visa holders. A large proportion of H-1B visa holders are constituted of Indian IT professionals looking to make a living in the USA.

In a report by the Times of India, it was found that Netflix paid an average remuneration of approximately $205,500, while popular holiday lettings and travel website Airbnb paid an average compensation of approximately $168,300. While Netflix took the top spot for paying the highest numeration to H-1B visa holders, and Airbnb coming in at second, Lyft, a popular ridesharing app took third, paying an average compensation of approximately $167,600. This is particularly surprising compared to the figures of average compensation for Apple and Google- $144,200 and $139,450 respectively.

This trend may be explained by a host of factors, with a major one being the sheer size of the latter companies. While Netflix and Lyft have grown in popularity over recent years, tech giants like Apple and Google have been in the technology industry since a much longer time. Therefore, they employ a much larger workforce, and each worker’s job description includes a range of different responsibilities and requirements, owing to the wide array of fields that both the tech giants operate in. While for companies like Netflix and Lyft, who comparatively have a smaller but growing workforce, there tends to be a much more focus on the company’s primary field of operation, i.e., entertainment for Netflix or ridesharing for Lyft.

Lastly, it is important to note that average remuneration is only one aspect of the several other factors that need to be considered when choosing to work at a particular company. While Apple and Google may offer lesser remuneration, Apple is the largest company in the world concerning market capitalisation as of 5th December 2020, and Google is the most used search engine by far in the world.

Vivan Patel

Vivan Patel

A passionate economics student, who also has a love for writing, I am currently studying in the United Kingdom, and as a content writer I have a knack for going the extra mile. I am particularly enthralled by the power of knowledge, and its abundance and lack thereof, so I read vivaciously to remained informed and updated in this rapidly transforming digital age.

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