Don’t sit on the fence – professional contracting under the magnifying glass

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I’m going to use this blog post to urge the professional contracting sector – and I’m not only talking to ITCRA Members  – but to those of you who represent contracting and recruitment companies in the professional sector including contractor management and payroll to join us in a forum titled Defining the Future: Professional Contracting Going Forward.

This event, on Thursday April 7, aims to bring thought leaders together to agree (or not) on the best descriptors for different forms of contractor engagement.

As we all know, we work in a sector that uses a multitude of different terms that confuses regulators, governments and even contractors and client.

So, in an effort to respond to the need for consistency of terminology to describe contracting, the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA) is holding an industry forum to canvas your views on the matter. I love a good debate and all my instincts tell me this will be a classic.

In my view, clarity of contractor descriptors is critical from both a positioning and a regulatory perspective, as we all need to be having conversations using the same terms and agreed definitions.

This is not a new issue. ITCRA addressed this in our submissions on the Proposed Employment Industry Code and the Victorian Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work. And it has been a hot topic of discussion in our CEO’s Circle discussions over the past two years – but from a compliance rather than a language perspective.

However, now is the perfect time to achieve language uniformity and clarity to ensure the contribution that professional contractors make to the economy is recognised and not continually challenged.

Similar discussions are already happening overseas and Europe is leading the way. We are following this through ITCRA’s relationship with the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

So with the momentum occurring overseas the ITCRA Board believed it was timely to join the international discussion and we believe the professional contracting and recruitment sector should come together to analyse the landscape, look at the facts and determine the terminology that we want to take forward.

So how will it work?  Be prepared – it will be hands on!

You can contribute to a consensus on the descriptors for different types of contractors by actively participating in facilitated workshops and then voting on options put forward. The hoped for outcome of the forum will see an agreed set of descriptors to be used in policy and positioning discussions for the future and, ultimately used across the sector.

So, if you want to have your say, here are the details of this important event:

Defining the future: Professional Contracting Going Forward will be held on Thursday April 7 at Crowne Plaza. 1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 from 9.00am to 2.30pm. Registrations are available through ITCRA Events.

I look forward to seeing you there!