Sector increasingly reliant on temporary managers

The charity sector has the second highest number of interim managers in the British economy, according to a new survey by interim management provider Russam GMS.

One in every 10 interims works for charities, the research found. Only the manufacturing and engineering sector had a larger number of temporary managers.

Of charity sector interims, 44 per cent were general managers, 20 per cent worked in finance, 16 per cent in sales and marketing and 12 per cent in purchasing. They earned an average of £430 a day. And in recent years, there have been interim chief executives at high-profile charities such as Cancer Research UK and Children in Need.

According to Russam GMS, charities are increasingly using interim managers to run specific projects or secure funding.

Charles Russam, chairman of Russam GMS, said that for the first time demand for interim managers was putting serious pressure on supply. “The prime driver for this is strategic business change, rather than the commonly perceived needs of gap-filling and crisis management assignments,” he said.

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