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Scottish no vote good news for recruiters and contractors, says Optionis MD

Derek Kelly, managing director at Optionis, said: “I think staffing industry professionals, contractors and freelancers will breathe a collective sigh of relief following this morning’s result.

“There were many questions around tax, regulation and trade that the SNP and pro-independence lobby failed to answer.

“Had the people of Scotland voted for independence, we would have today been bracing ourselves for years of uncertainty as politicians thrashed out a & lsquo;divorce’ settlement.

“Prior to the poll, there were suggestions in some quarters that a & lsquo;yes’ vote would boost demand for IT contractors due to the creation of new government bodies and systems north of the border.  

“However, in my view any short-term boost would have been far outweighed by the long-term damage to Scotland’s economy and key industries, such as financial services and North Sea oil and gas. 

“As someone who grew up in Edinburgh, I have followed the independence debate very closely. I am pleased that the people of Scotland resisted Alex Salmond’s alluring but misleading rhetoric, choosing instead to vote rationally.”


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