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Women are winning more work than men in interim management

 Women account for just 13% of respondents compared with 87% of men yet almost half of them (47%) are on assignment, compared with 36% of men, highlighting the fact they are winning more assignments and outperforming men in interviews.  

Compared with the permanent employment market, women in interim management are also on a more equal footing in terms of pay. On average they are paid &pound628 per day, compared with men at &pound655 whereas in the permanent employment market women are paid 19% less than men.

Jason Atkinson, managing director, Russam GMS said, “Women in interim management are excelling and are winning the most work. There are major opportunities for senior level women in the market and we want to encourage and support more women to consider interim as a career.”

The research also revealed that interims in their 50s are getting the most work, with half of them currently on assignment. Next were interims in their 60s where 31% are on assignment, followed by interims in their 40s where 8% are on assignment. 

Interims in their 50s earn the most too, averaging rates of &pound682 per day however, they offer  companies value for money compared with a full time employee as they are not paid pensions, holidays, healthcare and other benefits – making interims a cost effective way to bring senior level skills into a business.

Jason Atkinson said, “The fact that interims in their 50s and 60s are getting the lion share of the work highlights that Interims are recruited for their experience and skills – age and gender don’t influence the hiring process. The best people are recruited for the job and it is all about performance. The industry is progressive and enlightened and arguably one step ahead of the permanent recruitment market.”

The research showed that interims with change management, transformation and turnaround experience, especially in financial services were most in demand. Over 36% of interims on assignment were hired to lead change management, transformation and turnaround roles in the last six months 20% for their specialist skills they offered and 11% for restructuring roles.

The busiest sector for interims is financial services – with 12% of all interim roles – followed by engineering and manufacturing at 9% and not-for-profit and charities at 9%. Interestingly, roles in healthcare were down in the past six months by almost 4% with only 5% of interim assignments in this sector.

Rates of pay for interims in financial services are amongst the highest with retail banking topping the rates by sector at &pound900 per day, along with telecommunications (&pound900), with business services (&pound888) and wealth management (&pound825) the second and third highest paid sectors.

Over the past six months, the average daily rates of pay remained static at &pound651 per day, although those working part-time have seen their pay increase from &pound597 to &pound633 per day since December 2014.

Interims specialising in communications saw a huge leap from &pound533 to &pound1,000 per day over the past six months, and those working in risk and compliance saw pay rates increase from &pound625 to &pound800 per day.

Most interims are committed to their profession and see if as a career rather than a stop-gap employment option. Over a third said they would never take a full time job and less than 1% said they hoped that their interim role would become permanent.

Jason Atkinson commented: “Organisations are increasingly seeing interims as a reliable and strategic resource to drive change and transformation. Interims are helping such organisations become leaner and more efficient – enabling them to hire really good people with specialist skills on a project by project basis.

“Overall, the market is recovering well and demand for interims picking up in many areas – particularly in financial services. This buoyancy offers great opportunities for talented and experienced interims and especially women, to come into the market and carve a successful career.”

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