the "no good Perl jobs"/"no good Perl programmers" myth

Nicholas Clark nick at
Sun Aug 6 14:57:56 BST 2006

On Sun, Aug 06, 2006 at 02:24:02PM +0100, Dirk Koopman wrote:

> And then there are the hours...
> At some point, I suspect, someone will sue one of the banks for breaking
> the EU working time directives - something rather more obviously
> demonstrable than the "bullying" and "harassment" alleged by that lady
> that won £800,000 damages the other day.

I doubt this is possible if the staff have opted out of the directive.
And while you can opt back in to it, that might have the side effect that
you don't perform as well as your colleagues who did not, so might hamper
your prospects.

Given the stakes involved, I'm told that banks are very very careful not to
be discriminatory. Yes, they make mistakes - there are humans involved, after
all. I suspect that their mistakes gain far more publicity partly because of
the figures involved (more press-worthy) and partly because the sums
involved make lawyers more interested to take them up.

Nicholas Clark

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