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

Tim Youngblood timyoungblood at gmail.com
Wed Oct 3 19:32:28 UTC 2012

Well said, Eric. Saved me half an hour at least.

On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM, Eric Wolf <ebwolf at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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