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Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 18:02:36 +0000
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This type of garbage often has nothing to do with the candidate. Its just the idiot contract company trying to increase his profit. If you interview the guy make sure to find out what he is being paid. You might be stunned at his markup.

My former contract company on my last project pulled something like this. They brought in a straight pl/sql developer at $200/hour. Unless you have the Oracle Consulting(Oracle has insane markups) name behind you no one pays this much for a straight pl/sql developer. He was not very good so management wanted to fire him. When you come in at that cost you are expected to shine from the first day.

The contract representative (who a VP said "I can see the grease on the floor as he walks by") immediately offered to cut his rate in half to $100/hour.

How much do you think they were actually paying the developer? They did not ask him if he would take a pay cut. So the contract company was making most of the rate.

This is why contract companies in the US make you sign a contract threatening to sue you if you discuss your compensation because they don't want the client to know the mark up.

So I got a CV (resume) today. The agent's email was entitled "The Best Developer in England" and urged me to get in contact quickly to avoid a 'bidding war'. So far so hyped, but then of course I just had to read the CV of the best developer in England. There were many good bits, but I spluttered my coffee at

"<name> undertook a short term contract, acting as holiday cover for <name of consultancy withheld>'s senior UML designers and C# developers. This major United Kingdom Government project <is an information website>. In his role as holiday cover James was responsible for a number of core designs"

So there you have it, major government projects are designed by the holiday cover guy.

Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA 
Received on Tue Feb 06 2007 - 12:02:36 CST

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