UK Interim Partner, Richard Plaistowe, discusses how increased job activity and new demands from clients post pandemic, has changed the interim’s job search.

By Richard Plaistowe
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Now that the world is returning to a semblance of normality, with offices springing back to life, queues at sandwich shops and cities buzzing once again – I keep hearing that now is the time of the “Great Resignation” – but is this the case and what does it mean for the interim management market?

The term ‘The Great Resignation’ comes from the expectation that after eighteen months of being cooped up at home, spending a significant amount of time communicating with colleagues over a screen, many people are fatigued and are considering making a change in their role. They may have disagreed with business decisions made during the pandemic, did not feel valued by their CEO or they were planning to move in 2020 and 2021 to progress their career but decided to pause those plans believing at the time that it was safer to stay where they were. Now that business confidence has grown, for many people, it feels like a better time to move to a new company and face a new challenge.

Companies, too, are looking at the skill sets they need for this next phase post the pandemic; realizing they might not have the skills within their current leadership team and are being creative about how they attract new talent to their business.

But what does this mean for the interim managers who are out there seeking their next challenging role?

My sense is that the demands from clients and therefore the increased activity within executive search will have a direct impact on the interim management market in several ways:

We have also seen a change to the speed of many of the engagements for interim managers and many senior level roles are being completed within a week from briefing stage to placement. A welcome change for interims and providers alike!

I think we are still on the upward curve and this momentum will certainly carry on through the early parts of next year, so as interim managers it is important to ensure you are in prime position for relevant opportunities and having everything needed in place including:

I think now is a great time to be looking for your next interim management role with so much change taking place in the market – so good luck!

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