January 16, 2004
@ 02:37 AM

From Yahoo! News we learn Outsourcing Contributes To IT Salaries' Downward Spiral  

Overall, the premium paid for IT workers with specific skills was 23 percent lower in 2003 than in 2001, and the pay for certification in particular skills dropped 11 percent, Foote Partners LLC said.
In a yearlong study of 400 Fortune 1000 companies, researchers found that by 2006, the organizations expected from 35 percent to 45 percent of their current full-time IT jobs to go to workers overseas, David Foote, president and chief research officer for Foote Partners, said.

"That showed a definite declining onshore workforce--fewer jobs for IT people in this country," Foote said.

Perhaps it is time to go back to school and get started on my backup plan of being lawyer specializing in intellectual property law.


Friday, January 16, 2004 11:31:09 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
The Onion has a good take on this sort of story:

"First-Generation American's Job Taken
By His Father
READING, PA—Miguel Martinez, 48, who immigrated to the U.S. 30 years ago, last week lost his leather-cutting job at GST AutoLeather, Inc. to his 66-year-old father Roberto. "I came to this country in 1974 to make a better life for my family," Martinez said Monday. "But in December, they moved the factory where I've been working for 22 years down to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. I love my father, but that goddamn beaner stole my job." Martinez's $18-an-hour duties will now be performed by his father for $7 a day."
Matt Povey
Friday, January 16, 2004 5:54:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Yeah, you and every other CS/EE engineer is going into law for intellectual property law. I heard that law schools are denying record applicants for this program because too many engineers are going into it. I talked to an IP lawyer and he said that now is the time to go to school, because in 2-3 years there will be good demand for GOOD IP lawyers. He said forget it if you can't get into a top 10 law school...
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