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If that was the problem, then they would complain not that they couldn't find people, but that candidates weren't accepting their offers.

(Of course it's possible they are implicitly or explicitly cutting all the people who cost too much money, leaving them with very few useful candidates.)

Would they though? That would be admitting that the problem was with them, something many people are not willing to do.

Only want to hire elite genius rockstars ... to implement a really boring CRUD app ... for median (sometimes lower) wage.

Not too surprising this strategy doesn't work out too well.

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