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11th June, 2012

When organisations need a quick business fix, interims can turn a challenge into an opportunity, according to Hays, the leading recruiting expert.

The growing trend and demand for interim employees can prove to be a ‘win win’ situation for both employers and employees. Many organisations are now exploring flexible staffing options and are finding that taking on interim managers is a great way to parachute in top talent for quick results. As the world of work changes, many talented professionals elect to do interim work to complement their career development and lifestyle. The wealth of expertise and problem solving experience that interim managers bring can be invaluable to organisations needing a quick fix.

However, there is more to taking on an interim than simply finding a person with the right skills. In the latest Hays Journal, the recruiter explores how organisations can get the best from their interim placements. Interim managers are highly skilled and experienced problem solving professionals often with postgraduate qualifications. Interims usually have particular specialist skills, such as starting up new departments or implementing short-term projects that require a high level of management expertise. The very nature of their role makes interims highly motivated as every day is delivery day.

Charles Logan, Director at Hays says, “The decision to fill gaps in the workforce with interim expertise must take into account the wider organisational impact and resources. Companies should be clear about what they want an interim for and work out the parameters of the role before the recruitment process starts. This is critical for the management of the interim as well as giving them a clear understanding of what is expected from them. Introducing interims to the existing workforce can be precarious and should be handled with sensitivity, as the introduction of a talented outsider may leave some staff feeling fearful about their own job security. It is vital that senior management make roles and responsibilities clear for everybody involved in the project.“

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About Hays
Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 31 December 2011, the Group employed 7,988 staff operating from 247 offices in 32 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2011:
– the Group reported net fees of £672 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £114 million;
– the Group placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 31% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 33% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 36% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
– the temporary placement business represented 54% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 46% of net fees
– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA

For further press information please contact:
Deepa Bose
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