[Catalyst] London Catalyst developer opportunity

Denny 2014 at denny.me
Wed Mar 26 16:28:07 GMT 2014

Hi all,

Yesterday I interviewed for the job below.  They offered me the role,
but after agonising over it for 24 hours I've just turned it down,
purely on the grounds of the salary - I'm too used to contracting rates,
dropping back to a permanent role felt like stepping my career and my
earnings back 5 years.

However, I wanted to recommend the role to anyone else who's a bit less
experienced and a bit less greedy  :)  They seemed like really nice
people, the lead dev in particular seemed like he would be very easy to
work with.  They use Perl in-house for their main product, a Catalyst
app interfaced with a bunch of other weird stuff, and now they're
developing an in-house CRM from scratch, also as a Catalyst app (using
TT and DBIC, with Postgres at the back end).

There are two other developers including the lead, but they work on
maintaining, extending and refactoring the main product - the CRM
project would be the new developer's baby.  There aren't many greenfield
projects in Perl these days, so this was the factor that very nearly
sold it to me - the chance to design something from scratch and Do It
Right [tm] instead of fiddling around with 90's legacy code.  ;)

The company is based near Westbourne Park tube, their offices seemed
okay (currently being refurbished, but not shabby to start with), and
they're in a vaguely cool line of business.  The flexitime lets you
start anywhere between 8am and 10:30am, and they work 7 hour days.

I genuinely think it's a decent opportunity for someone, so I recommend
applying if you're at all interested and available.

Matthew is a decent agent, he's been doing Perl recruitment for a good
while now.  The only thing I'd quibble slightly with in the email below
is 'generous annual leave' - it's the standard 20 days plus bank
holiday, plus they close between Xmas and New Year and that doesn't come
out of your holiday allowance.  So, bonus time off at Xmas, but
otherwise not exceptional.  On the other hand, not mentioned at all is
their bonus/profit-share deal - but that only kicks in after the first
year, and didn't pay out last year, so don't count on it.


On Mon, 2014-03-24 at 09:54 +0000, Matthew Geppert wrote:
> I have an existing client struggling to find perl developers for a
> greenfield project, therefore wanted to reach out to my network to see
> if anyone is interested or may know that could help?... 
> It’s an 18month Fixed term contract on a pro rata salary of up to 
> £45,000 with generous annual leave, Flexitime and interest free 
> season ticket loan after three months based in London (onsite based). 
> They’re an agency looking to recruit an experienced Perl Developer 
> to join our expanding technical team. Within this role you will be 
> responsible for developing our in-house customer relations database 
> application.  
> You should have at least three years’ experience in software 
> development and 3-5 years Perl programming experience.  You must 
> have solid knowledge of web technologies including HTML, CSS, AJAX 
> and jQuery as well as a working knowledge of PostgreSQL, DBIx::Class 
> and Catalyst.  Experience with software versioning tools and Linux 
> operating systems would be an advantage.
> If you are interested please feel free to give me a call for a
> confidential conversation on 0207 183 3541 or email matt at osrecruit.com
> to find out more.

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