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What I find amusing is that, despite being invited to do so, neither of the guys who SAY they need programmers managed to say ANYTHING about what they needed, beyond "CHEAP!" (implicit in their unstated assumption that they could not afford to pay market rates for what they needed to hire).

 

Recall the old saying "Cheap, fast, good. Pick two."

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I posted a few days ago about getting involved in IT within industry, only Thai Home appeared to understand where I was coming from.

 

Example is a job I was offered yesterday

 

Control Systems IT (CS-IT) Full time project role which will cover IT and Control & Automation skills Min 5-10 years work experience in oil and gas sector with focus on IT and Control and Automation disciplines. Has minimum 5 years experience with process control systems and the adherence to process control standards. Experience with the Management of Change processes for offshore ...

 

Location: Aberdeen

Job Type: Contract

Salary: 450 - 620 UK Pounds/day

Job Ref.: J748227

 

Now even at minimum rate that pays over 10,000 GBP / Month whereas top rate is over 14,000 GBP / Month, these are the rates that I find close to acceptable, when I studied 30 years ago I was not prepared to sit writing HTTP, HTML or C++ for some asshole boss at a pittance for some crapy website (no offense KS) jeez flash is past its sell by date yet try to find anyone semi proficient in HTML5 even now forget it, we known HTML5 is the future yet people still claim to be experts in Java and Flash, P L E A S E.

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Hi,

 

Specialist, in our case it would PHP, XCode and Delphi, but as I said we're not looking at the moment. I believe Pom Michael is looking for ASP programmers.

 

Mekong, your field is quite different and I do think that part of the reason for those high salaries is the fact that you are often working in places most people would like to avoid. Or am I wrong?

 

Sanuk!

 

PS No offense taken as I don't work for a boss :)

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Hi,

 

Mekong, your field is quite different and I do think that part of the reason for those high salaries is the fact that you are often working in places most people would like to avoid. Or am I wrong?

 

Sanuk!

 

PS No offense taken as I don't work for a boss :)

 

KS,

 

To be honest my field is not different, did not Tim Berners-Lee come up with the idea of HTTP whilst involved at CERN an engineering project at the time, computing has gone from the field of engineering into the masses with the expanse of the internet and IMHO there are 99% of people out there who now call themselves programmers whose work is based on basic websites as opposed to the 1% of us who actually use networks for the reason they were first conceived.

 

I must admit that your assertion of fees on offer do relate to the fact that a lot of our work is in inhospitable locations is correct, but I am sure that there are 2-3 other board members who also work in places they don't want to be in order to make a few extra $$$, its a lifestyle decision.

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