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Posted Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:23 PM


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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011 12:28 AM
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My career is going better or rather, still going good. The crisis never hit me in any way. The company I worked for during the crisis had as a motto to get more people (consultant company) and thus rather than hitting the breaks it hit the gas pedal.
From what I know, most companies with a strong focus on IT kept investing. Some delayed their investments thou.

So from my knowledge, the crisis never hit the IT sector in Sweden.
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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011 12:40 AM
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I work in a private bank in the channel islands (I know, I know...). The main impact that I've seen is the slowdown in annual bonus/salary rises. I'm also in the process of fighting for a promotion and a few years ago it would have been passed without question.
Seems to me like (at least in the banking industry) IT is rarely the business area that gets excess funding. When times get hard, it's probably going to be the last department that gets cutbacks. That and the fact that we're seen as providing mission critical infrastructure that directly impacts core revenue streams. I'm sure that's probably not the case in every sector or geographical area though.
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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011 1:51 AM


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I work in local government, so pay is less, prospects are worse and formal training is none existent.
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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011 2:32 AM
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I work in local government, so pay is less, prospects are worse and formal training is none existent.


That sounds horrible. I strongly advice you to consider your options and look around for something else.
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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011 3:52 AM


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I got made redundant 18 months ago when the entire Systems Department (around 83 people) was outsourced to two third party companies. My current employer has a much more enlightened approach - yes we use third parties, but the core business knowledge built up over time by us in-house BI/SQL Server developers is retained, and third parties are engaged only when demand outstrips in-house capacity.

So do I feel secure? Well, as secure as anyone can feel nowadays. Additionally, my personal development plan/training schedule is negotiated annually with my boss when we work through my objectives for the year.



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For years I was a consultant and MS Trainer working with SQL Server. This served be well as I got to experience a lot of different installations and problems. In 2009 I decided I had enough of the travel and not know what the next assignment was going to be and took a job as a full time DBA. I have to say, I love it. I have responsiblity for servers around the world, I got to set them up to my specifications, I determine the jobs, alarms, monitoring, everything. I have automated everything. And as problems arise, I am able to set up alerts, jobs and notifications so that things get better and better. Finally, I am able to practice what I preached for years in the classroom.

Not to mention I am actually making more money and spending less time than I was as a consultant. This year I even get to work on Oracle and we are upgrading to SQL 2008 R2. Life is good.


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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011 5:29 AM


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Frankly? I've died and gone to heaven. I won the lottery. I asked the prettiest girl to the prom and she said yes. My code compiled the first time. I dropped the toast and it landed butter-side up.

Financially I haven't improved my situation. In some ways it's a little worse. But in every other regard it's night & day.


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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011 5:43 AM
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I'm significantly better off then I was in 2009 and more secure then I was this time last year. In 2009 I was very unhappy with my job, I quit towards the end of 09, started as a temp employee at a new company in 2010 and haven't looked back. Now I'm a permanent employee and I still love my job.



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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011 5:51 AM
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I work for an independant government body and things are worse - our pay has been frozen for last 2 years and probably this coming year (this adds up to about 11% pay drop), pensionable age upped from 65 to 67 and will probably reach 70 by the time I get there, employer pension contributions reduced. Also experiencing major frustration caused by the internal IT being outsourced, everything now costs much more to get done and is implemented in extreme slow-motion.

Probably time for a change.
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