With Sequester in Effect, Recruiters Notice Varied Impact on Hiring Strategies

March 17, 2013

More than two weeks after broad federal spending cuts took effect, local recruiting professionals are starting to see signs of uneasiness in the labor market, with firms tweaking their hiring strategies and some workers exploring backup employment plans.

Local employers are acclimating to this new reality in different ways, recruiters say.

Peter T. Metzger, vice chairman at the Washington office of global job placement firm CTPartners, said three of his clients have received letters from government agencies saying that sequestration was forcing them to make a 15 percent reduction to a contract. Still, Metzger said, these agencies were expecting the same level of service.

As a result, his clients are looking for prodigious multi-taskers.

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