Contractors remain vital despite budget cuts
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has stated clearly that, despite the budget cuts announced by the government this week, public bodies will continue to hire highly-skilled contractors. Tom Hadley, Director of External Affairs, said that new skills and competencies may be required to manage the change process and accepted that temporary staffing costs could come under pressure over the coming months – but maintains that there are real benefits in being able ‘flex’ staffing requirements to meet peaks in demand.
He went on to say that contractors can help to keep costs low, whilst also avoiding placing undue pressure on the permanent workforce – and that there will still be a need to bring in highly skilled experts to drive specific projects. And this is where the REC believes that interim managers or other contract-based staff can play a leading and cost-effective role.