I am one of the two Senior Oracle ERP Developers in a Global BPO Company and we have tons of IT Projects coming in, mostly large-scale projects that go on for a couple of months. We don't have anyone else, no Junior Developers to do the job. The workload keeps on increasing and I was told to refer some of my colleagues from previous companies I've worked in and I obliged. I was the one who contacted them, set the call schedule and other things, even though it wasn't my job. These people I referred were pretty good; I personally mentored some of them. But somehow, they don't make it past the final interview for unknown reasons. I talked to my referees, and they said they expressed their interest in any role (Dev or Support) and the interview was not that technical. I asked my Senior Manager about it; he says he's looking for someone with the same skill level as I am, though i think he was just flattering me.
Fast forward a year later, we're still in the same situation, looking for people to hire, even just for a Junior position. The workload is getting worse and we're not getting the help we need. Is it all right for me to escalate this to someone of higher authority?
Also, interesting to note:, there was this one applicant who applied directly (meaning I did not refer him), and upon viewing his resume profile, he had no Oracle Experience whatsoever, and has no prior experience in development in any language. I was surprised that he was hired only after 1 interview, although he was assigned to the Support Team. I'm just wondering what the criteria was and why the ones i referred weren't hired, even just for the Support Role.