A select few technology outsourcing companies receive a disproportionate amount of H-1B visas, and pay well below average, according to a report from the government.
The data, which was released by the U.S. government, shows the number of H-1B visas issued by each employer over the last two years, and how much they pay visa-holders on average.
“Almost 4,000 companies submitted H-1B visa applications in fiscal year 2016,” reported Quartz. “The top 20 sponsors took home 37% of all visas issued. IT outsourcing companies made up the top five.”
Cognizant Tech Solutions, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Accenture, and Wipro, who are all outsourcing companies that make up the top five of the list, were issued nearly 60,000 visas in total, compared to major non-outsourcing companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Apple, who earned between 1,992 and 3,556 visa each.
“The new data also give a more accurate picture of salaries of H-1B workers by employer,” Quartz declared. “The top IT outsourcing companies on average paid much lower salaries to their workers.”
The top-paying companies were all recorded as non-outsourcing, with the exception of one which “partially” is involved in outsourcing.
Though the average salary of H-1B visa-holders in 2016 was $91,000, all outsourcing companies paid well below this, with the lowest recorded being $67,000.