Diane Morris, director of InterimWomen, said that interim managers were traditionally only used to fill gaps at senior level business when skills did not exist internally, but their use has broadened over the last few years.
"Interims are being brought in to a business to deliver strategic projects or for a defined period again where skills don't actually exist internally. They could be there to deliver change management projects or particular finance projects," she explained.
Ms Morris described interim staff as a "good option" for businesses, as they can be hired on a daily rate and there are no overheads such as holidays or pensions.
"It's a resource that you can turn on and off, which suits businesses, particularly in the uncertain climate that we've got at the moment," she added.
The expert went on to note that they are also hired because they bring a "fresh perspective" to a business.
As interim workers are independent, they can tell the chief executive what is going on in the business and, unlike an internal staff member, they do not get involved with office politics.
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Source: The Sales Director News