Re: “be forced to reduce their CLAIMED hours by 15 per cent.”
Might as well just say "Anybody who can get a job elsewhere, please do so."
“In the last seven months I've pretty much worked constantly with five of my former clients, who have hired me directly to do the same work they can no longer find anybody at IBM to do.”
Non-compete clauses? IBM is repudiating its own contracts so it might have a hard time enforcing them.