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  • You know there are a number of things about this "problem" with finding Perl programmers in London that surprise me.

    First of all, I'm still amazed that employers don't see that London is as close to most senior and seasoned Perl developers as their cable modem. What's with the still-lingering demand that people be geographically located? It's insane. Wake up; the world's a different place.

    Second of all, in line with numero uno above, there are a lot of senior, seasoned Perl developers in the US. Even if I lived in the UK, as someone else (someone local to the UK) mentioned, I don't know that I would want to put up with London right now. So by eliminating the possibility of case-in-point #1 above, workers IN the UK and good workers in the US are eliminated.

    Third, it's plain out insane to insist that the people you hire are familiar and have 3-5 years working in the templating system of choice. I personally am an HTML::Template enthusiast, but that's never kept me from learning TT or Text::Template, Mason or anything else based on the same concept in relatively short order.

    Fourth, I think these companies get what they ask for. I monitor, and have yet to even get a sniff when I reply to openings in the UK. Now I readily attribute this to item #1 above, because I KNOW what my Perl skills are like (and so do over a DOZEN Fortune 100 companies in the US who have used my skills and asked for me again and again to do new work).

    All those points together lead me to say this: I'm not so "convinced" that employers in London are as "desperate" as I'm reading here. Either that, or they just aren't clued into the market and how it all works. As the OP mentions, people senior in Perl aren't your run-of-the-mill IT people. They generally picked up Perl on their own and have a little bit of "maverick" in them, and don't go about their work or their careers in the straight "Visual Basic developer" fashion. If anything, we are the anti-thesis of that.

    The solution is to change the approach, again as has been suggested. The Perl people are out there. They just aren't in the same neighborhoods the employers are searching in and again when we do come knocking on the front door, the employer doesn't have the good sense to see who's there and open the door.