Currently recruiting for a SQL developer and spoke to an agency today from our PSL. Talked through a few candidate CVs. As I'm in private sector agent asked if I'd consider someone from the PS (as in the JD I'd stated I need a proactive individual who can work on own initiative .... are PS contractors not renowned for this? I digress ...). I said if they have the right skills, can fit into the team and have the right personality then of course I'd consider a PS.
Anyway, got talking and he said he is inundated with PS contractors jumping ship and looking to get into private sector. He also said, and this was the most interesting, that his agency are now avoiding hiring for the PS until they know what is going to happen next year. They've basically pulled out of the PS sector.
Now they may not be big in the PS, I don't know for sure, but this must be worrying for PS recruiters if the contractors are getting out and the agencies don't want to work with them. Interesting times!