Re: Microsoft and UNIX admins coding?
"I would never hire anyone with 7-10 years experience as an engineer who would be willing to work for less."
"IT guys are IT guys because they lack structure and always take the easy way out.... which means they avoid reading and research and just hack until they give up."
Sounds mostly like you hire incompetent staff based on their demands for vastly inflated salaries, rather than recruiting based on experience, personality and ability to do the job. Which suggests that you are also incompetent and demanding a vastly inflated salary.
For reference, the average permanent salary for an MCSE in the UK is £32k, so those 'silly recruiter' ads are a pretty good deal if you're outside London.