This seems like a good place to ask talented programmers an important question:
okay I can be shameless too:
I think we are in recession. It has been so difficult to find new work either here in Switzerland or "back home" in the UK. I am a contractor and have just endured just over a month of unemployment. As you say it is extremely distressing to find yourself unwanted, go back six months or more and I couldn't have become unemployed if I tried.
I don't know if it fits the official definition of "recession", but I do know that more of the talented programmers of my acquaintance are out of work than at any other time in the past 5 years or more. So whether this is a recession or not, it's a tough time for programmers.
after a couple of months looking for contract work, i started full-time at a company i contracted at last year. the work's fun, but i'm making half the money i was as a contractor.
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