With the job cuts in the public sector looming large, there are 600,00 contractors who are likely to be affected. This has resulted in an influx of contractors searching for work in the private sector when they have previously only worked on public sector contracts. Contractor UK have been speaking to IT recruiters about how this is translating in reality and how easy the transition actually is for contractors.

Parity Resources’ Alan Rommel commented: “Last year, many highly skilled IT workers jumped from the private to the public sector”

He continued: “Not only was this due to the recession biting the private sector first, but it was also because the state sector had some large tech projects, which offered [value] to contractors’ CVs. Now, many of these workers want to return to the private sector as [public] funding is reduced and there is insecurity in roles, [probably lasting until] October’s spending review.”

Another IT recruiter, Hays, told Contractor UK that they have been very busy searching for work for contractors who want to work in the private sector. However, Outsource UK who also recruit tor IT positions have said that most employers prefer someone who has similar experience, although they would not necessarily discount someone who had previously worked on state contracts.

Their managing director, Paul Jameson, stated: “Each [public contractor] has their [own] merits,” said the firm’s managing director Paul Jameson. “In a candidate-rich market… [private] clients will always want good people.”

Finally, Bernie Potton of SQ Computer Personnel, concluded: “I haven’t known a single banking client to hire a candidate for an IT job or contract who was off the public sector circuit. Still, we have seen some Project Management Office contractors successfully crossover from public to private, and the very occasional Programme Manager post”

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