On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 13:04, Paul Murray <paulinuxmurray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Word to the wise, in any skill shortage impacted industry, candidate
> interest is always commensurate with quoted salary scale
...and in my experience if a company doesn't quote a salary it usually
means it's too low to even consider.
And just to keep things in perspective, the average salary for a
sysadmin in London is €50k/year. In NYC it's €60k/year. Most cost of
living metrics put Dublin, London and New York in the top 50 most
expensive places to live - and usually in the order of London, NYC and
Dublin (though over the years there have been different orders). Keep
in mind that's the price of an average sysadmin. If you'd like an
above average one, you'd pay more than that.
I would also point out that a low salary for an admin or a developer
indicates more than just bad news about your personal bank account.
It indicates an employer's (lack of) commitment to investing in the
technology side of their business. It means that you will likely not
get the resources you need to do your job to a level you would like to
- be it staff, equipment, training or constructive interaction with
the rest of the business.
Perhaps none of this is true for this job advertisement. However in
reading the ad that's the opinion that I formed based on the
information in the ad. From discussions with other admins about this,
I'm not alone in forming such conclusions.
If you read between the lines, both myself and Paul are offering
advice. If employers want kick-ass employees then employers are going
to have to offer a good reason to work for them. Other sectors have
high unemployment. The tech sector is not one of those places. Be
open about what you're offering. Sell the job. Salary is not
everything, but it ain't nothing either. Too many ads to this list
seem to forget that.
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