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Recruiting during Br*xit

Written by Andrew Weir
21/03/19 - 16:59

With the UK’s exit from the EU creeping nearer and nearer, we’re a nation at standstill waiting to see whether the ramifications will be positive, negative or indeed, catastrophic!

Now I won’t claim to be a political expert. In fact, I’ll go a step further… I don’t have a clue about most of this Brexit stuff. However, I am keeping a keen eye on how it might affect recruitment in the technology sector – particularly the need for contractors.

One thing I have been hearing from a fair few long-term customers is that they are leaning more heavily on interim / contract resources in this uncertain time, rather than hiring permanent staff, even though the project work would justify more long-term hires.

At first, I was surprised by this, but the more I thought about it, the more it makes sense. Nobody has a clue what is going to happen, will we have a No Deal, will we extend the leave date, will we have another referendum, will the SNP look for another Scottish referendum in between all of this?!

It's basically chaos. So why risk bringing in permanent staff when in all honesty, we could be looking at a major economic down-turn? A contractor can help you get the work done, is an expert in their field, you can grow quickly and if the worst does pan out and you need to downsize at some point, they are used to working to their notice if needed.

From the experts to the general public (like myself) nobody knows what the outcome of Brexit will be until a deal is done and unfortunately Theresa and her cronies don’t seem much closer to that. However, a very real solution to making sure your technology company can keep delivering work, progressing and growing is to bring in a contractor.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how Brexit is impacting your business and if bringing a contractor in would be beneficial – you can reach me on andrew.weir@cathcartassociates.com  or 0131 510 1500


Andrew Weir

Consultant | Contracts Division