Re: We've been here before...
I also know from trying to hire people that that skillset is incredibly rare.
The direct consequence of piss-poor pay for 30 years. Assembly language programmers are seen like the scrap metal workers in the engineering industry. Yes, there is a kind of respect, but not real respect, and definitely not the money they would get if seen as the precision machine operators in the development labs that they are.
Disclaimer: I have written assembler for MIPS and Sparc, as well as Intel, and a bunch of 8 bit stuff best forgotten - I have made far more from writing PHP and C++.