It's gone a bit soft here in Oz but I wouldn't say its bad. We recently filled an Automator position and what was bad the quality of applicants. It would seem all the good operators have jobs. Lucky for us one of the applicants was a retread that we had here in the past so no need for training in how to actually do real automation.
The Company I work for cant get enough Automation Specialists for the roles we have.
I have to correct some copmarative terminology here..
in the UK, the use of the words "looks bad" is actually meant to mean that there are virtually no real jobs out there - the ads online are almost all just agents on fishing expeditions. Average time between finding roles could be over 4 months now.
in Australia, 'its bad' just means that it'll take a few days longer to get a good job and the count of good roles has gone down and rates have dropped a bit.
I expected to come back to a nightmare here in Aus but, if anything, I found it easier to get a new job in March this year than I have at any time in Aus in the last 10 years.
"Not every solution was derived to address an obvious problem" - Me (quite recently indeed)
Australia isn't doing to bad overall in this global meltdown. Sure a few people are loosing their house but I saw a statistic where they expect 18% of the home loans to fail in the US! That is a startling statistic.
Our new car sales haven't collapsed to level of other countries. What has me stuffed is why our dollar tanked were were at 95c US and over night we dropped into the 60c US bracket. Currently we are back at 72c US but it should be higher.
I've had to take a 12% rate-cut but that's no big deal if it means I stay here longer.
Some of the automation rates I'm seeing are 40% down on last year, this means I can only take contracts within daily commuting distance. In the past the fallback was to work in London, now that's gone.
I'm hoping that when this contact ends in July the contractor pool will have thinned out enough to keep me going.