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Do you think that being a programmer is a bit risky compared to other fields. Mainly because new technologies come and rule. If you do not update yourself frequently, you are lost.
 
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@Abhi no, I don't think so. New technologies do come and go, yes, but if you're a full stack developer, then you can easily reinvent yourself as it's mostly the front end that changes regularly, but not so much the backend such as PHP and mysql for example.
 
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No threat when new guys come in with all sort of badges on their chest which represent the new frameworks like Laravel and so on ?
 
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Not really. Laravel is the top of the stack - you still need the underlying components.
 
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In my place, there are a lot of senior IT guys who lost their job. There is no reason at all. Perhaps not even enough notice period. Most of them got a maximum of one month notice. Simply because companies can get the work done by junior level candidates at a much lesser salary.
 
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> @admin Simply because companies can get the work done by junior level candidates at a much lesser salary

Or in the case of the UK, outsource to offshore consultancy firms as the overhead is **much** cheaper - think...

No pension, No monthly salary (just a flat fee), no benefits (bonus, healthcare) etc...
 
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@phenomlab That sounds horrible. What do you when something like that happens ?
 
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> @Abhi What do you when something like that happens ?

Start looking for a new job 😠
 
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Is that a trend anywhere you know ? Do they bulk export duties to offshore ?

Staff should claim for compensation.
 
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@Abhi It happens all the time in the UK
 
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It is the UK companies that do this ? They don't care about their own people ?

I have heard about call centres doing offshore transactions.
 
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I always try to stay competent. If a company does not like me, I will be the one to say goodbye. Make sure they need you, work hard like no one else.
 
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@Abhi it's all about the bottom line. Saving money
 

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