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Public sector recognises interim manager value
The UK's public sector has finally recognised that interim managers are part of the leadership solution.
According to Paul Botting, chairman of the Interim Management Association (IMA), interim assignments in the public sector rose dramatically in the third quarter of 2009.
Specifically, the IMA figures reveal that the NHS now accounts for 31 per cent of all public sector interim assignments, while local government recruits a further 29 per cent of the total.
During the three-month period, the number of transitional executives working within the voluntary sector has remained stable, but central government has reduced its use of interim management specialists.
Mr Botting, who is also the managing director of Odgers Berndtson's Commercial Sector Interim Practice, explained that public bodies have followed the example of private companies in embracing interim managers.
He told the Guardian: "I think the public sector generally sees interims as a solution - that they get pragmatic, experienced individuals who can hit the ground running [and] who have the experience, the scar tissue and credibility to take the team with them."
Last week, Mr Botting told onrec.com that economic recovery in 2010 will signal a year of flexible senior resourcing.