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10 Reasons why interim support could work for your business

Across the last few months, we conducted conversations with over 1,500 hiring managers. Through these conversations, we have identified a number of key pressure points which are affecting businesses. 

The main areas of impact seem to arise in the form of; 

  • An increase in employee workloads
  • An inability to progress with plans and strategic moves
  • A need for year-end support. 


Temporary workers or interim hires can provide a fully flexible solution to these business challenges. Using these insights, we’ll discuss your concerns and explore how a temporary hire could support you in combating these challenges.

You’ve experienced an increase in workload but are unsure of taking on a long-term hire. 

Temporary hires are immediately available and can come in to support for any desired timeframe, they also require only one week’s notice.

You’ve had to make redundancies and are now missing some key skills.

Temporary workers are highly skilled professionals just like permanent staff. The key here is that they are immediately available and will have an instant impact on your organisation by reinstating the missing skill sets.

A member of your staff is off on leave for an extended period of time.

Temporary cover can usually be provided within a day’s notice and this can cover anything from sick leave to a gap year.

You’re finally ready to move forward with strategic projects but a reduced headcount is preventing you from doing so.

Interims and contractors have an array of specialist skills, so the cover can be provided to lead or be a part of the project, e.g. in system implementations.

You have used CJRS/CBILS and need to make sure all compliance is completed.

A regular use of temporary support at year-end is compliance. Many of our clients look to hire interims to ensure organisational compliance including SOX controls, IFRS and CBILS/CJRS.

A hire in the past 6 months unfortunately turned out to be wrong for the role and this has impacted the team or business.

This is where a temporary worker can truly demonstrate their value. Interims can work on a temporary-to-permanent basis, providing you with the option to trial how they fit into the team before deciding whether to offer them a permanent position. This enables you to convert them to a permanent head only once you are happy with their performance.

A hiring freeze is in place.

Temporary workers are the only real solution to provide support in this scenario. Many organisations will have a headcount freeze on permanent hires, however, temporary resources can still be provided where needed. Examples of need arising include increased workflow and projects, year-end, sickness cover, and longer-term cover e.g. for maternity leave.

We have the new hires and headcount signed off, but the people joining us are currently working their notice period with their employers.

Temporary resources are usually immediately available, therefore a great interim solution can join to fill the gaps in your team while your new hires finish their notice periods.

A temporary or interim hire is more expensive due to the hourly or daily charge.

This is a slight misconception. When you hire a temporary employee, there are no benefit packages that need to be provided, therefore the only outgoing is an hourly/daily rate to the supplier.

We really need to hire but economic uncertainty is a concern. 

Many organisations are experiencing this pain point at the moment and this is a prime opportunity to hire a temporary-to-permanent worker. An interim can come in at short notice with key skills – including the use of the same system and volumes. When you feel confident to confirm a permanent hire, this temp can be converted.

Work with Distinct

The list above details solutions to real-time issues that our clients are currently experiencing. Here at Distinct, we have consultants who know the temp & interim market inside out. Furthermore, we’ve seen a significant increase in our candidates who are open to contract work. 

If you’ve found yourself relating to the above and would like to discuss how an interim or temporary resource could support your business, contact us today. 

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