Anyone hiring at the moment?

Richard Foley Richard.Foley at
Tue Sep 22 08:32:04 BST 2009

> Perl is in a funny state.
Too true, one half is being let quietly out the back door while the other is 
an academic exercise in futility, (but don't dare say that or someone will 
probably shoot you, or sabotage your next book, or...)  Perl is it's own 
worst enemy, which is a crying shame for a language which is so good to use.

My experience with the Perl job market is that it's very much not dead, but 
it's certainly struggling.  And when the job specs. an agency gets is so 
confused that they are trying to find a support-someone with a minimum of 3 
years with an application which I wrote last year, you have to feel sorry for 

Richard Foley
Ciao - shorter than aufwiedersehen

On Monday 21 September 2009 15:22:35 Raphael Mankin wrote:
> Well, I've been bumming about contracting for over 30 years, and the
> market seems to be picking up a bit. There are more jobs about and rates
> are also up.
> Perl is in a funny state. On the one hand, people are saying that Perl
> is dead, everything has gone to Python or Java or ... OTOH managers that
> I have spoken to say that it is extremely difficult to find half way
> decent Perl programmers. They eal problem is to get through the door in
> the first place. the pre-selection at the job agencies bears no relation
> to either skills  or requirements.
> On Mon, 2009-09-21 at 13:03 +0100, Andy Armstrong wrote:
> > I've been bumming around contracting for the last few months - but I  
> > think that a regular salary probably suits me (and my slackness about  
> > invoicing) better. Is anyone interesting hiring at the moment or has  
> > this financial meltdown thing (news of which has reached even the  
> > provinces) stopped all the fun?
> > 

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