[AusNOG] Off Topic - Brisbane recruitment recommendations

Mark Newton newton at atdot.dotat.org
Thu May 12 11:41:42 EST 2016

On May 12, 2016, at 8:37 AM, Skeeve Stevens <skeeve+ausnog at eintellegonetworks.com> wrote:

> Most people are having trouble at the moment.
> It is an interesting time that I've spoken about at Commsday events, talking about the void of skills in certain areas:
> - Cloud specialisation and experience (AWS, Azure, Google Compute)
> - DevOps skills - Ansible, Puppet, Chef - with deployment experience
> - Network (Cisco/Juniper/etc) + Linux + NetDevOps experience
> - Anyone with actual experience on SDN
> - IoT infrastructure experience - even using the AWS/Azure tools
> - Languages like Golang

A void of skills in certain areas which happen to correspond to a very large part of the skillset of a modern network engineer.

I wonder about the degree to which the network engineering profession in Australia has kept up with the modern world. If you know how to type “conf t” and can explain the finer internal details of OSPF, that used to qualify you for a much larger chunk of network engineering employment opportunities than it does now.

> Right now I've seen jobs posted, and literally zero applications for 100k jobs. 

That surely means they’re not actually $100k jobs, and you need to pay more.

I know plenty of people with the skills you’ve listed. Every single one of them is earning significantly more than what you’re offering. Often by a factor of more than 2x.

Pay peanuts, get monkeys. Or just nobody.

> Those who re/up skill now will be the most valuable in the market... especially good network engineers who learn Linux and how to code... that is gold.

If you have the skills Skeeve is looking for, I’m happy to take CVs for referrals. Less interested in product names and three-letter acronyms; more interested in descriptions of what you can actually do.

 - mark

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