If you needed – which I doubt – any further proof that many of the job hucksters on LinkedIn don’t even bother checking your profile, here’s another installation in my series Adventures in Recruiterland. The day after the last post in that series was published, Kiran contacted me:
As I always do, I started by requesting some basic information:
And he promptly responded:
Wall of text aside, let’s pick through it and find the salient points. The job spec involves:
- Onsite IT support
- IT Infrastructure support
- User training and onboarding
- Management of IT equipment including Meeting rooms and AV equipment
- IT Project implementation
- Remote site work
- Responsible for drop-in/walk-in support
While he cites a single rate – 300 DKK (that would be DANISH kroner) per hour – the experience spec has options for a “Junior” role as well as a “standard” role, both of which requires an IT or computer science degree, though they differ on the job experience where the junior role demands 2-3 years of IT support exerience, and the standard role requires 3-6 years of the same. For reference, I’ve got over fifteen years of experience in IT support.
Curiously, he also fails to answer my questions in a thorough manner, so I rephrase and ask the remaining ones again:
His response, meanwhile, was less than complete:
I’m getting annoyed, so I answer him tersely:
His response is troubling, to say the least:
Let’s pursue the currency issue, shall we?
His response is actually quite surprising:
Using a standard 1750 hours per year, that works out to 525’000 Danish kroner per year, which works out to around 720’000 Norwegian kroner per year. For consultancy fees, that’s pretty damnably low for someone with half my relevant experience – remember that there are a number of deductibles such as contribution to national insurance, private insurance, pension etc. On the other hand, if we’re talking about employee wages, this is unbelievably high.
In other words, this is either someone fishing for consultants at bargain bin rates, or it is a scam. I’m not about to play on either score, and shut him down as follows: