FCSA has today officially announced my departure (see below) so it is with mixed feelings that I write my last newsletter for FCSA. Whilst I am sad to leave FCSA I am also excited about my decision, particularly as my new business is not even set up yet so there is much to do! As many of you know, I am passionate about our sector, so you won’t be surprised that we may still bump into each other. It has been an honour to lead FCSA during such an exciting period of growth, and I am very proud of my achievements, particularly the transformation from a niche organisation to being almost ubiquitous! FCSA is in a position of great strength, and I know that my successor, Phil Pluck, will do a fantastic job in the next stages of FCSA’s development.
In other news, I am sure you will have seen the Chancellor’s statement last week. Some thought-provoking proposals and time will tell as to whether they really do kickstart the economy and generate the jobs we need for recovery. It will be interesting to see whether the job retention bonus does incentivise businesses to retain their employees, however the £1,000 cash does not come close to offsetting the cost of furloughing workers.
If I were to sum up my time at FCSA in a few words they would be “never a dull moment” – a mantra that looks set to continue as you adapt your businesses to the new environment that we find ourselves in. There have been numerous changes in legislation that have impacted on us in recent years, and often these changes are cited as “the end of contracting” or “the end of umbrella”, but that hasn’t been the case at all. I have been fascinated to see how important our sector is to the economy and how we continue to rise to the challenge of supporting the contingent workforce, which also continues to be essential to the UK’s prosperity.
I wish you and FCSA and every future success.