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What are you worth?


In 2003 a Helpdesk Tech with just one cert was worth $18 per hour w/benefits. In 2004 that same Helpdesk Tech with just one cert was worth $19 per hour w/benefits, and the more certs they had the more dollars per hour they were worth. So, what happened? How did the Agencies manage to degrade the value of our jobs right in front of our eyes?

Have you considered your skills and your Self Worth? How do you value yourself?

You are being cheated, you are being robbed, you are being used, and the value of your technical abilities are being severely diminished by head hunters and consulting firms who want to get away with paying you a very small portion of what you are worth so that they can get richer at your expense. They are trying to make you think that Techs are "a dime a dozen" when the opposite is true. Sure, there are a lot of people who know how to work on a PC (to some extent) but they are not all PC Techs in the sense that we Techs understand it. Even a Tech with a beginners knowledge of how to break/fix a computer "reliably", are not a dime a dozen. And an "experienced" Tech with a certification or two, or three, are STILL more than worth their weight in gold! Then we have the Techs who have many certs, plus knowledge of business software the average joe has never even heard of, plus lan/wan, router, tcp/ip, wireless, vpn, admin, etc, etc.. Still a dime a dozen? Well, they want you to think this is the case. But we know the only motivation here is the $$$ that go into their pocket and not into ours.

This is not only hurting you and me. It's hurting companies too. Because when a company seeks an agency for Tech help they think they are getting the cream of the crop and bargain basement prices, but what they will likely end up with is anyones guess. They may think they are getting high experience when in fact it's more of a roulette spin and the ball could fall on anything from computer hobbyist to a fully experienced Admin. There are lots of companies out there risking their business thinking they've got someone who's already been through the learning curve. When in fact they could very well have hired a newbee that has yet to put his/her finger into the socket just to learn you're not supposed to do that! These companies could very well be one keystroke away from total downtime. It shouldn't have to take a genius to know there is a very good reason why we have certifications plus experience on top of that, but obviously, it does.

Psychologically Speaking
Not only do you get what you pay for, but you also get the kind of worker you pay for. It doesn't matter how experienced one is either; a person who is paid $14 per hour will perform at a $14 per hour level. Not intentionally! But psychologically - It's automatic! Those company's that are paying $14 to $15 per hour for a high end Tech or Admin are only getting the body of that Admin or Tech, they are not getting the soul or the drive that used to be behind that same well paid version! They will still just end up with a $14 or $15 dollar per hour worker. This is a No-Brainer people/companies/HR! You Get What You Pay For.....


Has to be a conspiracy
There is this conspiracy (and it doesn't have to be concerted) amongst the consulting firms to lower your value so that they in turn can pay you less while offering their clients a small break. Don't misunderstand that. The consulting firms are still demanding $50 and $80 per hour for YOUR services, but without offering you health benefits in return, and some even demanding you to be 1099 so they don't have to pay your SS/Fica taxes. The client still gets a break because they don't have to deal with you being on their payroll, and if you are off sick someone else will be there to fill in for you. Not a bad deal is it? (for THEM!)

STOP sending your resumes to the agencies. These companies have revenues in the $Hundreds of $Million of $Dollars per year - these are YOUR dollars!

Here's just an example. And you've seen these for yourself:
Don't forget: These agencies are getting $50 and $80 per hour for YOUR services. Don't you think you should get a little more then the paltry sum they offer ?

Robert Half 14.00
ACT1 13.00 to $15.00
VOLT 12.00 - 16.00
Snelling 13.00
And if you think those are bad check this one out:
(this following link could be your future)

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/tch/129919172.html

Stop working for places like:
* The Geek Squad
* Geeks On Call
* Et al

They diminish the reputation and worth of experienced Technicians by also hiring below entry level then calling them all "Geeks" as though that indicates every single one of them have an extremely high degree of knowledge of computers, printers, peripherals, software, hardware or networking, when some of them don't even know how to get into the BIOS! And if you are working for one of these companies, and you have a high degree of knowledge, then shame on you for accepting the pennies they offer and the chance to be an "Agent" when your Technical knowledge demands much more. Yeah yeah, I know you have to pay some bills, but when you're working for one of these places, or the agencies for the little wages they give you, you're really just strapping a mattress to your back and putting yourself onto the street corner, aren't you.

Here's another one:
J&M Consulting. They want you to not only do the work, but they also require that you personally go out canvassing businesses to find MORE work. And guess what? They are willing to give you a small piece of the pie while they sit back and collect a bigger piece of that pie from the revenue that you produce! All at 1099 and no bennies.... NICE eh?

BTW: I sent J&M an email bitching them out. Here is part of Jason's reply:
"thanks to this company I just bought a new car. You have seriously pissed me off so I am going to take a drive in my new car, that will make me feel better to know that welfare techs like you are out there being nut jobs.
DO NOT EMAIL THIS ADDRESS AGAIN OR YOU WILL GET MORE THEN YOU EVER BARGAINED FOR"

Wasn't that nice of him? I have more certifications and more experience than he does, yet I am a welfare Tech! (and so are you BTW)

Let me try to say this as nicely as possible.
Fellow Techs: STOP buying New cars, New boats, New homes, Vacations, Cruises and Trips to Las Vegas for other people!!!! Do you see those brand new homes going up near you? Do you think any of them have your name on it? Probably not.


Reality Check Time!
It is the Techs That Keep Businesses In Business!
Without good PC Technicians/Support/Administrators, ALL major businesses would fold! We are important to them, get that through your head. You don't really think the president, managers, or secretaries are going to get off their flat Asses to repair PCs or maintain the network do you? These people don't even know how dust gets inside the computer! The agencies don't want you to realize this, but I do!

How did it get below the $20 mark?
You should be making between $21 and $25 per hour with benefits.

Why? Lets look at some of the Requirements.
Troubleshooting DSL, dial-up, web hosting, DNS, and e-mail problems
Must have a solid knowledge of navigating through the following operating systems: Windows 98, 2000, XP, as well as familiarity with Internet and mail applications. Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills.
All that for just 8 bucks an hour (according to that one link).



Usually it is something with a long listing of the following four categories:

* Position Summary:
* Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
* Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
* Minimum Education/Experience Requirements:
* plus they will add the requirement of your being available 24/7
(as though you don't have a life too)


The more I think about it the more I understand just how
FRIGGIN INSULTING This whole thing is. Don't you Think??


Friends, I am just as strapped for a job as you are, and just as you I worked very hard for the knowledge, the experience, and the certifications, not to mention the College. I am not about to allow anyone to de-value me into an $8.00 per hour McTech, and I hope you will join me in helping to reverse this terrible injustice to our valued position. Look, I too have a family to feed, a mortgage, a car payment and stacks of bills to pay just like everyone else, and I think you and I deserve fair pay just like everyone else.

9/11 is over, so they can stop blaming it on that. Everyone else has been getting raises since 2003 except Techs!

Let's put this into another perspective just for a second:
If a 9th grade dropout can work at Ford, GM, Chrysler and be paid $30 per hour with the best medical coverage that can be found in the United States, PLUS receive 3 to 6 weeks paid vacation and hunting season OFF (it's in their contract). Then how is it that we Techs, who possess the knowledge needed to keep major companies running 24/7 with minimal downtime, PLUS be on call 24/7, keep getting shafted?

I think the agencies have renamed all Techs to: Ben Dover.

How do we get this trend to begin a reverse?
* First and foremost we need to STOP responding to agency Ads.
Piss on em, they're killing you!

* We must also find ways to send this message or your own message
to other Techs. INFORM!

* We need to respond to those agencies with nasty emails letting them know
of our disgust of their wage practices. As nasty as you can get.
(You can open an "Alias" email account on Yahoo or Hotmail or whatever
to send your emails through so you won't have to use your own name)


* Respond only to Company paid postings. Remember! If an agency has a
posting, the company most likely has a similar posting on the same site
too. Search them out! It doesn't matter to them if they find the
employee or if an agency finds the employee for them. They need an
employee.

The difference is that you can negotiate with the actual company because they are not as cheap as the agencies are. Plus you are more likely to be eligable for the comapanys benefits too. So find the company posting and save the company from from having to pay agency fees as well. Its a win/win.

I don't care for Unions, but we are being pissed on in a major way. And it's been happening since 9/11 when the companys found a way they could stop promotions and raises. But we have families to raise and bills just like everyone else, so this has to stop. If we need to find a way to form some kind of a Union for Techs just to get our fair share then so be it!

Find a Tech who hasn't seen this and Pass it on..... please.


Regards,
Tech Wizard
[email protected]



Please sign this petition, but for now just use a "handle." I don't want anyone getting in trouble by having their name on a list. Once this gets rolling and we become a force that demands their attention it will be totally different. PLUS, Pass this on to other Techs you know, and in fact I think it might do us well to pass this on to the Agencies and Companies who search for employees on CareerBuilder, Monster, Dice, Craigslist and any other business you can find. Its time to let them know we are forming and talking amongst ourselves, and that a storm is brewing if they don't clean up their act and pay us what we're worth!


Good job hunting fellow Techs!

-Tech Wizard

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