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Volume of interim HR vacancies almost double based on same period in 2013

The statistics reveal a significant increase of 43% for all interim HR requisitions and come at a time where the Guardian reports a 6.6% reduction in UK unemployment the lowest it’s been since early 2009.

Oasis HR’s findings are reflective of the first six months of 2013 vs. 2014 (January – June) and also report that despite the impressive uplift in interim HR assignments, permanent opportunities have remained steady and only evidence a 1.2% increase across the same period.

Further notable findings reveal:

A 300% increase in interim business transformation and change roles

A 125% increase in interim resourcing and recruitment focused roles

A 25% reduction in Oasis HR’s & lsquo;time to fill’ across all interim hiring activity most likely a reflection of increased client urgency and the quickening pace of the market.

Whilst a sizable increase for interim recruitment opportunities was noted (125%), it was apparent that day rates actually decreased by 3.5% bringing the average down to &pound315pd for interim resourcing specialists. What’s more a wider industry report, released by classified ads search engine Adzuna, highlighted that average salaries across the UK had decreased by 5.3% over the last 12 months further evidencing a disparity between the increasing number of vacancies and earning potential.

Christian Thomas, Interim Team Leader at Oasis HR comments: “Having joined Oasis HR in May this year to head up the Interim team, it’s fantastic to see such a strong increase in the number of interim requisitions on our books. Coupled with an increased appetite for the & lsquo;professional contractor proposition’ and the wider evidence of a positive & lsquo;recruitment forecast’ the rest of 2014 promises to be very exciting! In 2013 our interim offering accounted for just 20% of our workload and now in 2014, it stands at 30% which is great from my perspective.

“One of my key observations is that we’re really beginning to see a trend in the types of skills required of HR interims, with change and transformation professionals being in strong demand as well as a clear need for individuals with solid exposure to HR systems. A clear priority for me is to continue building and strengthening our talent pools in these high demand areas to guarantee a swift turnaround for clients.”

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