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The job market

Screenshot of Lotus positions in Jobserve news feedRocky has a thread going on the latest “Notes is dead” hysteria at SearchDomino. The discussion at Rock’s site is particularly focussed upon job prospects and the like. After an horrendous “drought” for a considerable length of time here in the UK, I’d say things are on the up… if you’re a support person that is. Check out the screenshot accompanying this post. It’s a snap-shot of the latest “Lotus” job postings from JobServe, and is pretty typical. Using search terms such as “Domino” combined with “developer” is somewhat less encouraging. However, some good news for developers in the regions: there’s far more coding work up for grabs outside of London.

So what’s the Lotus job market like where you live?

Comments

  1. I have kept busy doing notes/domino developement thru the IT recession. This was all London based.

    I think there is a reasonable amount of upgrade work but the developer stuff is slow. My concern is that people are using notes as email but have stopped developing notes client applications and use other technology for their web based appplications; leaving us notes/domino *developer* guys up the kharsi, as it were.

    Spuggy#
  2. Things aren't much more promising in Brisbane, Australia either. There's a couple of desktop support roles currently on offer, but not much more than that.

    However, the few developer positions that I've seen listed recently tend to be based around an upgrade project - which can't be a bad thing.

    Don't take too much out of what I said though, I walked straight out of uni a year ago straight into a Notes consultant/developer job (which I'm still going with,btw) , and I've only been looking at the market pretty recently.Nicholas Partridge#
  3. Seems like the market here in Washington, DC, has been relatively calm over the past 4 years or so. There are still a lot of Notes licenses in the Federal government and elsewhere in town, but there aren't the big migrations or buildouts that there used to be. Nor is there much of the excitement around Notes (and later Domino) that was there in the V3 or R4 eras. I was lucky enough to land a secure spot before the bubble burst, but a number of Notes professionals I know have moved around a lot or moved on to other pursuits. I honestly don't see the market changing all that much, since IBM seems committed to pushing WebSphere/WorkPlace and maintaining support for Notes/Domino as a "legacy" platform.jbwalkup#
  4. The Boston area job market has been dead for the entire Bush term (coinky-dink?). Recently I've seen quite a bit of Admin and support work, but developer jobs are still rare.
    In fairness, this isn't just a Notes situation. Ed Maloney#
  5. I got fed up with trying to find a Domino job after being made redundant from 4 Domino jobs in 5 years. I now have a job that involves a bit of Domino, but not much. And it pays well.

    By the way - if anyone else wants a job that involves Domino but isn't working directly with domino, we're looking. Click my name for info.Steve Thompson#
  6. Hm . . . was getting sporadic contract work in the NW, just got a permie job locally (hurray!) but felt that Domino work in the NW was picking up somewhat. And they'll pay for my CLP, so there's no excuse now LOL!Simon Boulton#
  7. I was lucky enough to find a good Domino job after the bubble burst. I'm the only senior Domino guy at my company, about 500 employees. We have 5 Domino servers. They're so reliable that we don't keep a full-time Domino admin on staff anymore. The network admin knows how to manage groups and users. That's good enough. We use Domino for many things, and I'm buried with work. The head of our IT department wanted to scrap Notes and move to .Net. That lasted about 8 months. She had 2 programmers trying to write applications in it. Meanwhile, I was cranking out Notes client and Domino web applications left and right! They included some J2EE and Domino hybrid web sites too. Those .Net programmers are not very happy with me! My point being… you can't just rip out all the business processes in a company and say, let's do it all in .Net. The users love me. Those two other programmers have never bought me a beer. It's quite an interesting work environment! lol
    Kevin#

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