Consider this, whenever there is an unfilled “req” (requisition) for a big customer, there are quite a lot of services companies trying to fill it. Recently, I have been working with a customer that is large and put out a “req” that illustrates this as well as an other would.
When one of these “req”s comes out, those of us who either work with that specific product will be contacted by somewhere between five to twenty recruiters, depending on a wide variety of factors, including the scarcity of the type of resource. Sometimes, recruiters will contact people who are not actually related to the type of skills being asked for, so this means that each of us gets yet more contacts.
So, think of it — there is a single position open for some amount of requested consulting time (often, six months to two years) and industry people are getting possibly five to twenty contacts on the very same position. This obviously does not mean there are five to twenty spots open. Usually, there is a single position open. However, it is not always easy to know that. In this particular case, because I was already working with the customer and also because of the timing of the contacts, happened to know that all the contacts were for the same spot. If I were not privvy to the details, I might not have known this, because the details recruiters gave me varied. If I were not connected with the project, I might have though there were at least two to four different spots open because that’s how much some of the information varied in these contacts.
Thus, whenever there is a resource crunch, SampleManager or otherwise, it is not easy to determine exactly how short of resources the industry currently is. That is to say — how many more people would it take to fill all open spots? In that, while many consultants are working extra-long hours and many customers are getting their needs filled, this way, we cannot guarantee this will fill all the needs, either.
Bottom Line: Most people don’t actually need a resource, right now. They are taking care of their needs internally or they already have their external resources setup. Or, there are plenty that have stable systems and no need to change them, right now. Most people aren’t seeing the crunch. And, of those out looking for resources, many are either finding the resources or finding creative ways to get what they need. Most people probably neither know nor are affected by this. But, to those who are affected, it seems extreme.