You’d think that after all these years, considering how critical and pervasive IT has become, that employers would understand that:
- IT is complex: there is more to IT services and infrastructure than clicking Install in an app store.
- No one person can know everything: Hell, no one person can know all of System Center!!!! (You hear that Microsoft certification process managers?!?!?!)
- Good people are required: There are lots of “cowboys” out there who can do a shit job, but you need good people to do a good job.
- Good people are rare, and therefore expensive: You’d think that business people would understand the rules of supply and demand.
But, it appears that lessons have not been learned.
Here’s a tweet from earlier today by MVP Didier Van Hoye:
Yes, some employer wants a person with little to no experience to decide and plan the future of their IT, and therefore the ability of their business to function. That’s smart … no … that’s moronic.
Some company (I haven’t bothered to figure out who yet) in Dublin (Ireland) is recruiting for a cloud consultant. I was spam-emailed last week, I’ve seen adverts on LinkedIn, and I’ve been cold called by head hunters. This employer is seeking a unicorn, bigfoot, or abominable snowman type of creature. They want a consultant who knows EVERYTHING:
- Hyper-V, vSphere, etc
- System Center, VMware’s suite, etc
- Hardware and storage
- I think there also might have been some networking stuff in the laundry list
And that person will earn the princely sum of €55K per year. Firstly, this person does not exist. Secondly, €55K is the going rate for a mid-level consultant that has a few of those skills.
The world still needs to learn that IT pro staff are not glorified cleaners. It’s not like we can go to college for 2 years to learn how to balance or cook the books and we’re set for the rest of our careers.