Still working out some work permit details, so I don't know exactly when I'll start at the BBC. One little issue is that once the permit is issued, I need to mail off my passport for another "Entry Clearance" (similar to a visa). Of course, I'll be on a cruise later this month, so that's not going to happen then.
Still getting calls from recruiters and I think they're slowly learning that no, I'm not looking for work. I do, however, still get email from jobs.perl.org. This is great because of several things I can keep tabs on:
- What skills are employers demanding?
- Where's the work?
- How much does it pay?
- How much work is there? (very subjective, of course)
- What industries are using Perl?
Right off the top of my head, I can tell you that most of the work is in London, New York, Chicago, various places in California, etc. (That's an English language site, so there's a bias). The pay varies widely. Senior programmers in London earn roughly between £45,000 ($90,000) and £65,000 ($130,000) but that can go much higher, depending on the industry. New York is typically offering between $100,000 and $150,000 (these numbers seem high, but remember, these are some of the most expensive cities in the world -- though I often find that Java and C++ programmers get offered more for similar work). The industries are typically internet or the finance industry. Employers typically want strong Perl, OO, and database skills though, perversely, they often have a great deal of difficulty evaluating these abilities.
So it's fair to say that, off the top of my head, I've some idea of what's out there in the Perl world. That's why I was a bit surprised to see the following ad:
Posted: October 11, 2007
Job title: Quantitative Equity Research -- Developer / Programmer
Company name: Continuity Partners
Location: United States, New York, New York
Pay rate: $250,000 +
Terms of employment: Salaried employee
Hours: Full time
That's right. Earn a million dollars in four years. Not even a leadership position. You'd just be another grunt. I've turned down really well-paying jobs (not this well paying) in the finance industry because so often they expect massive overtime and I think quality of life is more important, but damn! A quarter million dollars! I don't have the qualifications they're looking for and even if they did, I've no intention of leaving London, but damn! A quarter million dollars!