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Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo)

Situation analysis:

  • An ambitious new trade body looking to establish itself as the voice of the professional staffing industry
  • Founded to campaign on issues of specific concern to high-end, professional staffing companies whose needs were overlooked by other representative bodies in the sector
  • Issue of technology companies using intra-company transfers to bring foreign IT staff into the UK, thereby bypassing domestic IT labour market

Strategy:

  • A request for data about work permits issued in the IT sector was submitted to the Home Office under the Freedom of Information Act
  • Data showed that 30,000 non-EU IT workers entered the UK in one year on intra-company transfers – more than three times the number than during the dot com boom
  • Data used to place issue on political agenda and position APSCo as an expert commentator on the UK IT sector, while pushing for favourable changes to the work permits system

Results:

  • Multiple national press hits including the Financial Times, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5
  • Issue was seized upon by policymakers, resulting in APSCo being asked to participate in the Home Office Migration Advisory Committee
  • A full Government consultation was held, with APSCo giving evidence, leading to the work permit system being significantly revised to reduce the number of intra-company transfers

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