With Sequester in Effect, Recruiters Notice Varied Impact on Hiring Strategies
Recruiters in the Washington, DC, area have seen companies alter their hiring practices and workers seek backup employment plans in response to the federal sequester. Peter Metzger of the global placement firm CTPartners says three clients are cutting a contract by 15% in response to the sequester, and because they expect the same level of service, they are looking for workers who are multitaskers. Other firms are insisting that they hire candidates immediately before their budgets get tight. Meanwhile, workers are looking into other job opportunities as they prepare for furloughs and job cuts, with the Reston, VA-based staffing firm HireStrategy reporting that more government workers are seeking new positions. Paul Villella of HireStrategy notes that the firm is looking to expand its client base to replace some of the federal contractors it had been working with. However, some recruiters have not seen any changes in contracts as a result of sequestration, as many multiyear government contracts have already been funded.