Canadian looking for a job in IT in NYC?

This question is adressed to people who live in or nearby NYC and have GOOD knowledge of the NY IT job market. I've been looking for jobs on the web but haven't found any info on salary so I'd like to know what to expect for if I decide to move. I live in Quebec and I'm an IT consultant. As a freelancer (or is the proper expression "indepedant worker"?) in Quebec city my hourly rate ranges between 45-60$/hour and in Montreal it's usually about 10$ more. My salary is a bit higher than average because there is a shortage of workers in the particular branch of technology I work on. I mostly operate on mainframes and my experience with clients is pretty, retail, transport, communications, government, energy, insurance. Here are my questions: - Is there a similar rarity of mainframe developers in the U.S., more specifically NYC? - How much can one expect as a freelancer in NYC? - Overall, is the market doing good despite the recession? Is it hard to get contracts? - Is it easy to get a working visa for a canuck in that particular type of work? - How much should a couple earn to make an OK living in Manhattan? I visited NYC and I'm ready to pack up and move at the first decent opportunity I get.:-)

Asked By: Elalonde - 3/3/2010
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Go to and find he job you are qualified for.
Answered By: ‹(•¿•)› - 3/3/2010
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My husband is also in IT and there are definately opportunities out there, BUT you have to be that person that really stands out. There are so many people looking for jobs that employers really get to pick and choose who they want. What you would normally do for $60000 a year, companies are only paying $50000-$55000... More
Answered By: Eun x Hei - 3/6/2010
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