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Interim role 'could suit public sector accountant'

7 April 2010

Becoming an interim manager has been recommended as a possible career move for a senior public sector accountant planning his next step.

According to a case study in the Guardian's Society section, 'Colin' is a 42-year-old accountant who currently earns £35,000 in his role at a district council, but is eager to move on.

Career paths suggested by the newspaper included moving to a county council in pursuit of more opportunities, working for a medium-sized charity as a finance director or becoming a public sector interim manager.

The publication defined the latter role as "a freelance financial expert employed on a short-term basis to tackle a particular problem".

It also noted that demand for interim expertise in this area is expected to grow as spending cuts begin to dominate the agenda in government departments.

The newspaper indicated that Colin could expect to earn from about £400 a day in such a role.

Delegates at the recent Public Sector People Managers' Association conference heard how the creation of an interim position helped two London councils to oversee the roll out of shared HR services system.

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Categories: Local Government


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