Recession rates

Jonathan Stowe jns at
Tue Mar 10 16:42:55 GMT 2009

2009/3/10 Aaron Trevena <aaron.trevena at>:
> 2009/3/10 Paul Makepeace <paulm at>:

>> I guess what also tweaked me was that every single one of these guys was
>> going for the exact same rate whereas without a doubt they are not all
>> equally skilled. While I don't expect we have accurate programmer pricing
>> models the obvious inefficiency of this market mildly irritated me...
> Probably what the recruiter specified in the ads or happened to pluck
> from the air when talking to them.
> I wouldn't expect 3 different contractors to give me the same rate
> unless they were clones or I specified a low ceiling in the
> advertisement.

It's the recruiter doing it - the poor sap candidates are probably
getting 300 or less and will have been told that is the most that the
client is going to pay. The recruiter doesn't care, they might start
introducing a differential depending on whether they can drive the
candidates down any more if the client starts to hedge.  They want to
keep their figure in straight up monetary terms - they don't want to
take the same percent of a smaller rate.

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