Originally Posted by moycullen14
My definition of a shortage is that your phone would be hopping off the hook with offers (assuming you had the skills!).
I'm sort of looking for contract Java work at the moment and am a bit horrified at the response - especially from agents - calls not returned, no follow up, usually stuff. The first - indeed only - question seems to 'What's your rate?' To which the only answer is 'As much as possible
I'm not complaining about the difficulty in getting work - it just doesn't seem consistent with the '000's of unfilled vacancies' mantra that I hear in the media.
Maybe I shouldn't believe all that I hear on the radio? Doh!
I am constantly being hounded by agents and companys alike, happy where I am though.
This might be a little harsh but your experience with agents Could be
(not saying it is) down to your skill set and experience. I wouldn't even think about contract work with anything less than 5-7 years under my belt.
The SDev community is also very small in Ireland(everyone knows everyone), It could also be that you have worked for the wrong place before without knowing it and people may think you've been tainted by bad practices from said place.
There is also Degree snobbery to contend with(more so if you are Junior), Many who are in a position to hire have notitions about which degrees are good and which are not worth the paper they are wrote upon. This opinion varies form person to person.
Ideally people should be hired on there own merits alone but unfortunatly, a fair few(not all) cases Irelands backward thinking culture will influence hiring decisions.
As has been stated already here though is Business people see IT as an expense not a company asset to be used to drive the Business. A smart few dont share this veiw and generally, their business is usually near the top in their market(funny that).
Unfortuantly the attitudes of the rest is what is driving this shortage with them Expecting 7+ years experience while only wishing to pay what would be graduate rates in any other less demnading field.
There is a shortage of IT people(read: idiots who don't understand their free market worth) who have vast amounts of desirable experience.
Likewise their is also a shortage to some degree of competant people as business are unwilling to invest in Grads / Juniors in order to make them competant in the skills that businesses require.
Colleges can only do so much.. it is up to businesses to take on the responsiblity of educating Graduates on the business in which they wish them to operate in.