Written by RMI’s MD, Ken Kemp.

Recent research from Crunch Accounting suggests that over 40% of contractors will avoid public sector roles as result of the new ‘off-payroll’ rules affecting public sector workers which are due to come into force in April 2017. The research says that 42% would avoid public sector work in the future, and 66% feel worried about the governments move.

Draft legislation is imminent with the proposal coming into effect in April.

It seems to me that the government is in danger of shooting itself in the foot with this one.. However, as one door closes another one opens, and this surely creates an opportunity for recruiters who operate in the private sector to work with new contractor talent which is about to come on to the market. Equally, it could be the chance for recruiters who currently focus on the public sector to work with their top contractor candidates to help open new private sector doors to their mutual benefit.

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