Long time, no post. Been busy.

May 29, 2006

Things have been a bit quiet lately.  I’ve been busy working on various small project updates, and doing freelance work.

One of the benefits of being a developer is the massive freelance market for making extra cash, especially in times like now when a lot of companies are winning additional work and simply don’t have the resources in-house to work on these projects.

Even a mediocre .NET developer can charge £20 per hour, going up to some £40 – £50 per hour for those with relevant experience and demonstrable skills.  The projects paying this kind of money are pretty damn stressful though, and by no means a walk in the park, but heck, £2k/week?  I’d take it.

You’d be surprised how many crap developers are out there, so you’ve gotta hire contractors with care.  Like the idiot we found on freelancers.net, who had a strong CV, but was as dull as dishwater when it came to doing the job.

We’re not a large company… small friendly, close-knit team – which is more like a family, the vibe is that good. This comedian joins us, and on the first day is asking things like “Who’s my line manager?”, and “Who is the fire warden on this floor?”.  WTF.  We had a good laugh about that one.

In the three weeks he was with us, only about 3 hours of his work was actually usable, and the rest got ditched.  For someone who was listing experienc with object-oriented programming and design patterns on his CV, the man didn’t know s**t.

Unfortunately, it’s illegal to give bad references, so when this fella went looking for new contracts and recruitment agencies contacted us for references, we were forced to give no reference at all, though I was tempted to fill that form in and tell them what I thought of that idiot.

It really is hard to hire good people nowadays. Really, really hard.

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