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Old 05-13-2008, 08:53 AM
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I've been working as an I.T contractor in the UK for the last 14 years and my wife and I will be relocating to L.A this summer.

My line of work is mainly Microsoft integration work (Web server, Windows 2003, Active Directory, SQL Server, Storage arrays, Application servers ...). I have worked for many large banking clients (Morgan Stanely, UBS, Credit Suisse First Boston ...) as a senior technical analyst.

My questions are as follows:

- Anyone got experience of the I.T contracting scene in L.A ?

- What the I.T job market is like at the moment ?

- Any main areas of employment (both business sector and geographical)

- Any advice on finding a job

Many thanks for reading this

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Old 05-13-2008, 09:59 AM
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considering you've worked in the financial sector a lot I would look in and around Irvine. It is one of the most popular areas for financial companies in the area. Also booming is th medical IT field, since many of these companies are switching from older architecture(novell, greenscreen terminals, etc) to newer architecture. Irvine has both.

Otherwise, across LA county work is pretty much everywhere. LA will have its share, Santa Monica(software developers), Long Beach(financial/business), El Segundo(aerospace), Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Pasadena, etc etc

As far as IT contracting, you won't have a problem as long as you make contacts. On top of independent contracting, IBM is fairly big if you want a company to assign you work rather than doing it yourself.
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