IR35 reform talk 'not hurting demand for PSCs'
In fact, PSC workers are “continuing” to be snapped up much as they were before the vow to consult, as any extension of the reforms is “some way off,” says Sopra Steria Recruitment.
The agency’s reading follows staffing body APSCo warning that IT contractor demand and assignments are down by 8% and 38% respectively, invariably, it says, due to the reforms.
But Pete Holliday, Sopra Steria Recruitment’s managing director says that a full consultation (not just a ‘discussion document’) will take place before any changes are implemented.
But another transfer is. “Digital is trending and the shift is away from traditional IT to digital expertise” such as Change, Holliday said. “People with both skills sets are in high demand.”
He described the public sector’s appetite for IT skills in the same terms, partly thanks to “new frameworks” to enable “the government to secure the high number of contractors it needs.”