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Actually there is a lot of this going on right now at all companies. There have been so many cutbacks and layoffs that
many IT groups are without good help because the expensive folks that knew what they were doing got laid off. I know of many stories like this. For instance there is a medium size company here in Houston that now has windows help desk people maintaining $250,000 worth of Sun production servers and all they got was one Sun System admin 1 class. In the case above instead of hiring a competent programmer some manager looks better on paper by telling the girl that makes
a lousy 35k a year to "learn perl". The good news is that capitalism is booms and busts and eventually things will turn around and companies will start spending again.