Interim Solutions - Frequently asked questions

Interim Solutions, Legal Jobs Taylor Root, Legal Recruitment specialists

Q. What is the view on interim recruitment in today’s market?

A. Increasing numbers of organisations are realising the benefits of recruiting on an interim basis and the flexibility that a fluid workforce can bring. Numerous articles and press releases attest to the advantages, with some organisations explicitly attributing significant increases in profits to recruiting in this way.

Q. Why recruit individuals on an interim basis?

A. They can be an extremely efficient resource when temporarily down on headcount within a team, because of holiday or secondment perhaps. Other reasons include peaks in workload, projects and as a short-term measure until recruiting permanently. Being able to quickly cover an absence or increase in workflow has benefitted many firms, who continue to hire on this basis.

Q. What do organisations look for in their interim candidates?

A. Organisations use interim candidates for their expertise in a particular practice area, as well as the ability to handle a potentially complex workload autonomously; this is particularly important for shorter-term roles. They also need to be able to grasp new concepts and procedures easily, and ideally have excellent IT skills to master new systems quickly.

Q. What is the most efficient way I can hire on an interim basis?

A. Whilst slightly more expensive, recruiting a temporary worker is the easiest way to manage a non-permanent need. Taylor Root will sort out referencing and payroll.

Q. What is the difference between a fixed-term contractor and a temporary worker?

A. Temporary workers:
- An ongoing arrangement;
- Payrolled through Taylor Root on an hourly or daily rate;
- You need only give very short notice to terminate the worker’s engagement;

Fixed-term contractors:
- Employed directly and paid on a pro-rated basis by you;
- Engaged for a fixed-term basis for a period which can subsequently be extended;
- Typically 1 months’ notice each way

Q. If the candidates are high quality, why can’t they secure a permanent role?

A. Many people today prefer the flexibility of working on an interim basis. They may have other interests or simply don’t want to go down the traditional career routes. Others feel contracting provides a greater variety of work.