[Chugalug] Is there really a high tech shortage in the US?

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Wed Oct 3 19:28:24 UTC 2012


As I said:

"If you get into regions of the country where there are economics at play
beyond of saving 50% in salary and locking someone in for multiple years,
selection is tougher in established firms but pay is higher."

In Boulder, County, there is demand for broadly skilled, experienced people
who can think on their feet. Google, Microsoft, even old-school IBM and HP
have large facilities here. But they are hyper selective. Google and
Microsoft recruit heavily from India and China but they don't lower
expectations or pay.

"Selection can be easier in startups because they are looking more at
personality and how what you bring fits in the mix. "

I equate "small company" with "startup" but there does seem to be a new
model of small, boutique IT companies that focus on a narrow band of
problems. These companies hire based on personality fit as much tech
skills. It's who you hang with... And these companies can't afford the
legal overhead of sponsoring visas. So they aren't the ones complaining.

The folks complaining are in traditional information industries. Insurance,
banking, etc., where the "product" has always been efficient processing of
information. They are complaining because they haven't read Fred Brooks'
Mythical Man Month and honestly believe that if they just hire more
$25K/year Java programmers, they will be able to justify their existence in
the modern economy.

-Eric
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