By "senior", the ad explains, they mean "someone with at least 5 to 6 years working experience in Microsoft Platforms. Microsoft certification is a plus."
The offer requires a minimum three month contract, with set hours of 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursdays (with Fridays off). That's 20 hours a week (but without apparently the ability to time-shift or moonlight so as to accomodate another 9-5 job).
The compensation offered is $800 per month -- in other words, a "senior level web programmer" is apparently worth only ten dollars per hour.
And yes, I emailed them to confirm this, and they really do mean ten dollars per hous, twenty hours per week, minimum three month contract. And this is in the San Francisco area.
So my question is, is this what's becoming the norm, or is the job poster smoking something?
However, another craigslist reader was er, kind enough to respond to the original listing; but I'm not sure how he calculated $12.50 an hour. (And no, I didn't make the response.)
Also, for those wondering about my email with the job poster, this is his reply to my query confirming his ad, with addresses elided:
Yea exactly we are a small start up. And that is our offer
----- Original Message -----
From: orthogonal's address elided
To: job poster's address elided, too
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2005 2:42 PM
Subject: Wanted: SQL 2000 Admin With ASP, HTML skills
>> From your ad at: http://www.craigslist.org/sby/cpg/54284856.html
>> You're offering $10.00 per hour for a senior level web programmer?
>> This is a senior level web programmer position. You will program and
>> manage our existing database driven community portal.
>> We are looking for someone with at least 5 to 6 years working
>> experience in Microsoft Platforms. Microsoft certification is a plus.
>> Working hours will be 10.30am to 3.30pm with Fridays Off. Salary is
>> $800/month. Minimum 3 months contract required.