Low Contract Rates in Florida

Florida is an interesting place to live in many ways. One of the things that I have noticed since moving down here is the opportunist behavior of some employers in regards to employee compensation. If they can push down wages and benefits they will.

For example, I noticed this contract opportunity today:

System Administrator
Responsible for systems and systems software administration of elements of the LC System. Individual is responsible for product systems developed for the LCS and used in the development of supporting non-LCS systems. This position requires the use of UNIX, Linux and Windows based operating systems and hardware, such as servers, desktop workstations, laptops, and other portable devices and peripherals. Individual will also use applications and systems software for the various operating systems. Primary duties will be system installation configuration and management of system hardware and software. Responsibilities will also include image development, deployment and restoration, daily maintenance requirements and systems level patches, and assisting users in applications interfaces.

Required skills include extensive experience with UNIX, Linux and VM operating systems. Strong UNIX shell scripting required along with strong writing and communication skills. Experience building installable operating system images with Redhat Linux and installation over a network desired. Microsoft Windows system and network administration considered a plus. Experience with automated tools for operating system loads and patching a plus. Windows and UNIX IT security management considered a plus.

Minimum of 7 years experience and BS/BA degree in Computer Science or related discipline or an equivalent combination of experience and education from which comparable knowledge and skills may be acquired.

The particular company concerned was offering only US$ 20 – 23 per hour. I have seen contract rates in job ads as low as US$ 10.00 per hour for system administrators in Florida recently. Wonder if anybody is applying for these jobs.

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