It seems that everybody I’ve talked to in the last little while has found a way to work it into the conversation: “Oh, and I’m hiring; know any good developers?” Plus, the pace of calls from head-hunters has picked up. It’s about as hot as I can remember it being, ever, including the bubble.



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From: Jacob Kaplan-Moss (Dec 07 2006, at 14:57)

I've noticed the same thing... to tell the truth, it kinda scares me. I really hope we (as an industry) are not not about to repeat our past mistakes, but I've got this sinking feeling...

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From: Catherine Helzerman (Dec 07 2006, at 18:28)

I've noticed that too.... by the way, we're hiring in comms if you know anyone.... ;)

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From: Sidharth Kuruvila (Dec 07 2006, at 19:56)

It is the same in India, two years ago, getting good people was pretty easy. Not so since last year.

Good times I say, unless you are trying to recruit. The recruiting standards in a lot of companies has fallen quite a bit. Of course things should get better once the engineering colleges ramp up to meet the demand.

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From: Hub (Dec 07 2006, at 20:16)

Strangely I find that the job market in Canada really suck. Nothing interesting, nothing exciting, nothing challenging.

Do we leave in a different world?

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From: Tijs Teulings (Dec 08 2006, at 05:22)

Same thing in Europe, or the netherlands anyway. It is kinda scary, literally every single web shop i know is hiring. And most people are starting for themselves. I guess thats what happens when a medium truly overtakes all other media in the number of eyeballs (hows that for a bubble term) it can attract while the number of IT students remains at the same level. Back in the bubble days kids still watched tv :)

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From: Tim (Dec 08 2006, at 17:21)

Not that this is completely interesting to the ongoing readers, but in my part of the field (mainframes) there's a shortage looming due to retirement, and lack of training in the skill set at colleges. It's an opportunity for some smart folk to make money going forward: not only supporting legacy stuff, but IBM continues to bring new technologies to the boxes. Some examples: Linux on VM, i.e. virtualization of servers by one of the early leaders in virtualization; XML support in COBOL; all sorts of web application stuff (at our shop we have TomCat running on z/OS for example). I'm not trying to write an ad for IBM, just pointing out a stone under which bright young techs might not be looking.

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From: Richard Cohen (Dec 09 2006, at 02:41)

Unfortunately, it's apparently not a global phenomenon. I'm currently looking for Linux/Unix/Python-type work in Hong Kong, and finding absolutely nothing. There are a few jobs being advertised, but I've had no response to applications, and the Linux community is somewhere between moribund and outright dead. It seems that there are plenty of Hong Kong companies doing the sort of work I want to do, but they're not doing it in Hong Kong - they're mainly doing it in Beijing, by the looks of things.

I wouldn't expect to walk into a job anywhere, but in a comparatively modern, large and hi-tech city elsewhere, I'd expect to see a lot more on offer, to have a community to turn to for help, and to get some response to applications. It's getting pretty frustrating.

Anyone need a Linux/Unix/Python-type developer in Hong Kong...?

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From: Fei Ling (Dec 09 2006, at 13:55)

Does the job market boom skipped the south east? At least in my part of the country (Alabama), it doesn't look like everybody is hiring. Maybe I should consider moving to California !?

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From: Jan Holčapek (Dec 10 2006, at 01:42)

Many people with CS/IT education work as support staff (IBM in Brno/Czech Republic, for example among many others), as sales persons, as IT analysts and managers (though having no experience with real coding and developing stuff), and so on, rather than as programmer/developers. Don't know why. There are also people willing to code, but not willing to move to some high-tech super-city, to work 10-12 hours a day and die before 35.

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