I agree with most of what you said. I do think there is still a lot of Full-time, although I'm starting to see salaries coming down. I think the reason is that new development is done on other platforms, where I work, there are several financial systems that are newly developed, (as this company aquires other smaller companies),typically on SQL Server w/ VB, and then there are interfaces to the AS/400. How long does it take to write an interface, 2-3 weeks at most? Phil > Folks, I'm not even going to quote a pertinent piece here, as so many were right and so many more were wrong on this subject. AS/400 consulting and perm work is in the toilet right now, period. Don't espouse JAVA to me, I've _GOT_ JAVA experience but cannot find work there. ILE? Yeah, right. RPG? Fuhgedaboutit. There _IS_ little to no work to be had for AS/400 professionals right now -- contract _OR_ perm. I am forced to swallow my earlier words about consultants not saving enough money to get through the annual "January slowdown", because said slowdown has now lasted until June. I saved enough for this, but I certainly don't expect everyone else to do so. There are folks out there, just like you and me, that are working the census right now in order to feed their families. So much for the much ballyhooed "high tech career". I (and most other industry analysts) figured that, with the dissolution of Y2K, that companies would be screaming for help to do the stuff that they'd put off for the past 2-5 years. Perhaps the e-business trend would even further accelerate the latter -- WRONG. Companies are still griping about an IT worker shortage, but it seems that they're only interested in _LOW PAID_ IT workers when it actually comes down to having to hire someone. H1-B folks around here earn around $55K per year -- good money, but it won't get you a trailer within an hour's drive of the Research Triangle for housing. Forget owning a reasonably new car to navigate our complete lack of public transportation. Sorry, but contracts _AND_ permanent employment on the AS/400 seem to be pretty much dead. If it makes you feel any better, it appears that the other midrange platforms are suffering equal problems... JMHO, Dean Asmussen Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc. Fuquay-Varina, NC USA E-mail: DAsmussen@aol.com "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." -- John Wooden
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