I was just on the HireNet Hawaii website (www.hirenethawaii.com) and searching for computer related job postings. After searching their site for computer and mathematics jobs, the first posting listed is from a company called PRTech which is some how connected with PacRim Marketing Group. Here is the job description:
Involved in the programming aspects of web-based projects in the areas of ecommerce, online registration, e-mailing, survey systems, online reporting and analysis tools and development of other proprietary web based applications for Asian end-users -- Japanese, Korean, or Chinese. Write programs and database integration for web applications, online forms, directories, online reports and other store and retrieve applications using ASP, ASP.NET and SQL database. Development and technical integration of web based programming elements with XHTML design elements, XHTML design templates, formatting, layout and configuration, and troubleshoot reported problems and bugs in web-based applications, identify problem source, debug an directly resolve the issue or coordinate with other programmers
Experience with ASP, ASP.Net, Java Script, XHTML, CSS Stylesheets, SQL Server 2000/2005, ADOBE Dreamweaver, Visual Studio 2005, Database Experience Required.
Their site says they want someone with a BS. in CIS or CS with 2+ years experience. Now for the pay they are offering ... drum roll please... bpbpbpbpbpbpbpbpbpbp....... $7.75 and it seems per hour...
Am I living in the wrong place? Things like this make me ashamed to say I live in Hawaii. I mean come on now even a bagger at Safeway makes more than $7.75/hr. That is just ridiculous, shameful, and down right appalling.
I don't think comparing dot.com era salaries to current ones makes much sense. There were all sorts of ridiculous jobs going around then, people getting BMWs and apartments, etc as long as they had the right buzzwords on their resume.
Jake G. and John, I think you guys have hit my point right on the nose. Companies in Hawaii do know take advantage of their employees and use the excuse of this is Hawaii and thus salaries here are just lower than the mainland. Yes, it is the NON-tech companies that are doing that. I have noticed the tech companies here are trying to solidify the standards but there aren't enough of them and none of them are successful enough to be very well known except within the tech community.
What Hawaii needs is a tech company to explode with success like a Google, eBay, Amazon, and a few smaller successful companies like Zappos. With successful and well known tech companies in Hawaii, it will force all companies to almost match the salaries and treatment of their tech employees for fear they will just leave and go work for one of those successful tech companies.