I was looking at [URL="http://www.jobstats.co.uk"]www.jobstats.co.uk[/URL], this is a fantastic\nsite that reveals a lot about changes in the UK Job\nmarket. These changes are likely repeated elsewhere but I\nhave yet to find a site that gives statistics in North\nAmerica.\n\nFirstly take a look at the chart showing the total demand\nfor staff. In September 1999 it was about 10,000 peaking\nat 18,000 in March 2001 after which it declined\nexponentially but seems to have leveled out at 4000\ncurrent advertised positions. This overall pattern repeats\nitself throughout the statistics including a reduction in\nhourly rates.\n\nNow take a look at the chart for the Dot-NET Skill. Not\nsurprisingly this chart is exceptional showing a steady\nincrease from 30 in 2001 to 140 now. So to all you people,\nwho have become recently certified but can't find .NET\nwork, I say just be patient, your day in the sun is\ncoming. If this chart keeps moving up employers will not\nbe able to find enough candidates with experience and will\nstart hiring on the value of certification.\n\nThere is one problem however. The Dot-NET Skill is rated\nat 28 per hour versus Java at 35 and J2EE at 36. Demand\nfor J2EE seems to have started to move up recently with\n160 currently open positions. Demand for Java is still\nflat with 400 open positions.\n\nIt would seem then that the demand in the Dot-NET Skill is\ncoming from new small scale projects with limited budgets\nand has not yet progressed to large scale commercial\nprojects requiring team work and methodologies. The\nbusiness press indicates that this will change in due\ncourse, for example a large insurance company recently\nacquired another one and immediately put all the Mainframe\ndevelopment on hold. They also decided to terminate their\noutsourcing arrangements and bring all development back in-\nhouse. Their plan is that all new development will be in\nDOT NET. They have seen the benefits compared to J2EE\nincluding a very big performance advantage and\ninternationalization.\n\nSomething else that you can see in the Statistics is that\ndemand for some Job Titles has moved up relative to the\nrest. The demand for the Analyst Programmer title has\ndropped precipitously while the demand for the Project\nManager title has remained somewhat steady.\n\nIn fact what the stats don't tell you is that these days\nthere is an increasing demand for multi-skilled people.\nFor example DOT Net technical strength combined with the\nproject management skill. Thus if your scars have grown\nlonger with age and you are about to sex up your CV, I\nsuggest placing a big emphasis on project management. You\nmight also think about gaining certification in some of\nthe PM Methodologies.