Plug the gap - with the right plug

24 November 2009
Vast changes in the market for interims have led to growth in purchasing’s responsibility for this area of recruitment. Interim positions - an expert tells me - tend to fall into three categories: caretaker roles covering maternity leave, sick leave etc; specific project management roles with a defined timescale/delivery time; and crisis management/turnaround situation roles. Since the market has been flooded with candidates this year, it may seem like easy pickings (and slightly easier fee negotiations) when it comes to this work but there’s more to it than scanning a few CVs and seeing who is available. Experts warn against, for example, just hiring former employees. They may know the business but might not have the right skills, and crucially, are likely to lack objectivity when it comes to identifying what changes are needed. They also say interim careerists - people who are experienced/have specialist knowledge, enjoy the buzz of going from one interim contract to the next and meeting specific objectives in a short space of time – are different to those just looking for some temporary work. Click here to read a wealth of advice from suppliers in the industry. I hope you find it useful.
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