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Less Work, More Pay - Dream IT/ICT Jobs in Public Sector

Over the last 1+ years, I was in multiple interview panels at several government organizations, and had the opportunity to talk to ~50 applicants. The experience has been puzzling. While it is understandable that the top candidates won't apply for a government job, knowing the remuneration will be bad compared to the private sector, most of the candidates we interviewed were hopeless. Before explaining why I say so, following is a background on type of candidates these organizations were looking for.

All of these organizations handle money some way or another. While some organizations were known for having good remuneration, they are no way comparable to the remuneration by the private sector. These organizations had state-of-the-art enterprise systems developed by reputed vendors (local and foreign). While they managed to get these systems (don't ask me how), in many a cases, they are struggling to keep them running smoothly due to the advanced technology, scale, 24x7 operati…
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