[nSLUG] Position in System Administration at SMU

Ian Campbell ian at slu.ms
Mon Oct 5 17:51:56 ADT 2009

On Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 05:27:00PM -0300, Richard Bonner wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Oct 2009, Ian Campbell wrote:
> > Biggest one is that employers are demanding more and offering less. 
> > Positions are being rewritten to cover work previously done by two 
> > or more people. I was offered ~$15/hr for a sysadmin ("but when 
> > you're not putting out fires you'll be coding") position with 
> > on-call. Unsurprisingly that job has been posted and re-posted for 6 
> > or 7 months now. Other potential employers have also talked well 
> > below normal market wages.
> ***   It's the "Chinese Wages" syndrome. Canadians are well below 
> where they should be in wages. When I was laid off at Sears in 1983, I 
> was making $8-something an hour - and that was just a part-time 
> warehouse position. What do retail workers get today? $8 - $10 an
> hour.

Minimum wage jobs remain minimum wage, that's not too surprising.

>     Canadians are far worse off today than a generation ago. It takes 
> two to keep a middle-class existence where one could do it before. 
> Look at the number of homeless and shopping-cart scroungers compared 
> to a generation ago.  )-:

The problem is more recent. This was abnormally low. The average for
jobs posting pay ranges before the OMG ECONOMIC MELTDOWN was 15-20k/yr

On average they appear to have dropped 5-10k.

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