Re: About 12% on post to tech-write list

Subject: Re: About 12% on post to tech-write list
From: Berk/Devlin <armadill -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 09 May 2001 00:30:24 -0700

Hey Guys:

This particular "isolated example" has probably been making $200,000 per year (on just his "agency") plus earning a decent living doing something else with the rest of his time. Assuming he didn't only invest in NASDAQ stocks, he can probably live pretty well on the past -- say 5 years' -- earnings.

And, I'd bet he DID "earn" this money on tech writers' and programmers' hourly wages.

MANY of the famous names in high tech REQUIRE ALL their contractors to go through an approved provider. And, the approved provider is USUALLY NOT the person who found the contractor the job. The approved provider is literally just some guy who got his company name on the list at a particular employer.

Basically, my experience in Silicon Valley is that this leech-like type of "agency" is the norm, not the exception, for high-tech contracting positions.

And, I don't console myself with the fact that the leeches are going to be making less because the job market is tanking. They can afford a pay cut better than the rest of us too.

The current economy gives the companies that insist on these kinds of third-party relationships with contractors significantly MORE clout over job-seekers than they had when job seekers were less numerous. IMO, in a tight job market, it's MORE likely that the approved providers will keep a significant proportion of control over jobs at some of the larger, most secure employers in this area.


On Tue, 08 May 2001 21:26:37 -0700, Elna Tymes <etymes -at- lts -dot- com> wrote:

Oh, I just love it when the WSJ gets wind of an isolated incident, skews the
timeline a bit, and presents the story as current news! ...

"Agency" folks like the one described are dropping like flies in Silicon Valley,
unless they have locked in clients for multi-year contracts with people who just
get rolled over from PO to PO as time passes. ... But he'd be the exception, rather than the rule. And he wouldn't be placing tech writers. Or programmers for that matter.
... As little as a year ago, agencies were making fine money if they could find good
talent, perhaps as much as the Los Altos hotshot described above. But no longer.

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