Reality Check

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2004-03-15 Print this article Print

Reality Check

In covering for a recent New York luncheon sponsored by IBM, I quoted Cathy Pelaez, chief operating officer of Liberty Travel, as saying, "In the last 18 to 24 months, it has been much harder to find talent. ... Technology skills are hard to find in the U.S. and are very expensive." As you might expect, I received a spate of e-mail from skilled professionals who cant find work.

Then a missive landed in my in-box from IEEE-USA, noting that the unemployment rate for U.S. electrical engineers and computer scientists reached an all-time high last year, at 6.2 percent.

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Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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