It is a cliché that IT recruiting (searching for great software engineers, system administrators etc. to be hired) is a Payne in the a*s (© Chris Kuzneski). The situation has been quite desperate so far but now it seems getting even more so.
Just 2 examples:
In one of the very freqent regular LinkedIn spams recently something stood out. An US company is hiring IT people in big numbers, all positions being offered to be as telecommuting / remote / virtual jobs. This phenomenon is of course not quite new: for example 37signals / Basecamp (the company of iconic DHH – the Ruby on Rails guy) or Automattic (the company running wordpress.com, about which Scott Berkun wrote an excellent book: The year without pants), and probably lots of other startup-like companies have been doing this for a while. But the company I saw offering this recently in big numbers seemed more like a mid-sized software company. I wonder if this would work well for them, but my first thought was like WOW.
The other example, which is even more radical, can be learned from this article. Simply put: they are paying money to people just to show up on job interviews. WOW^2.