[San-Diego-pm] jobs available, going unfulfilled

Bob Kleemann rkleeman at energoncube.net
Wed Sep 22 12:02:41 PDT 2010

This is an interesting problem that has been discussed at some
meetings.  The best answers we could come up with were:
 1) Many Perl programmers are quite happy where they are at, and so
are reluctant to entertain other offers.  This also affects the hiring
companies, as they find it hard to hire for a Perl position, and may
move to other languages (Java programmers are a dime a dozen).
 2) There may be a decline in Perl programmers.  PHP, Python, Ruby,
etc may be grabbing those programmers.

I'm not sure what the best solutions might be: increase the talent
pool, increase the advertising, increase the expectation of pay for
somebody knowledgeable in Perl, or something else entirely.

If anybody has some real ideas on things we could try (free Perl
tutorials?  Perl job fairs?  Anything?!), I'm willing to help make
them happen.

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Randal L. Schwartz
<merlyn at stonehenge.com> wrote:
> Twice in the last two days, two different organizations in the greater
> LA area approached me to help them find folks to fill mid-level Perl
> hacking slots (varying between IT and webdev).  They both said "it's
> getting *very* hard to find people."
> Now, I'm really curious.  Why is this?
> Is it a supply problem, or a demand problem, or both?
> As in, are there fewer Perl programmers here but the same demand?
> Or the same (or more) Perl programmers here, but even more demand?
> Or something else entirely?
> By the way... I'm not trying to make a buck out of this.  I'm just
> trying to help people who ask me to help, and I'm also genuinely curious
> about the state of hiring in the Perl community, particulary in LA since
> I'm also working here for a while.
> (I'll also be sending this message to the other local PM groups, so if
> you see it multiple times, I'm sorry.)
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