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

Jacqui Caren jacqui.caren at
Thu Aug 10 23:46:07 BST 2006

Joel Bernstein wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 10, 2006 at 11:09:33AM +0100, Jonathan Peterson wrote:
>>                      Agencies are fiendishly expensive (20-35% of annual 
>>salary), but in the last year and a bit, I've had little luck advertising. 
>>I'd say at the moment good people generally a quite hard to find (we're a 
>>Java shop).
> My experience has been that due to the massive competition in the IT job
> market, recruiters are happy with margins nearer 12-15%, especially if
> you'll sign an exclusivity deal with their company. Of course, this just
> means you get the cowboys rather than the big boys, but I don't know if
> (in the most part) that's a bad thing -- they're all doing the same lame
> keyword-matching, 

Not true - I know at least one agency that is using telephone interviews 
and tests to vet applicants before they consider putting a cv forward.

I can personally recommend pro-qeust specifically 
leigh.mathieson at


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