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What’s the difference between interim, temporary and contract roles?

There are a variety of non-permanent positions that offer employees the opportunity for a better work-life balance thanks to their flexible nature – but what’s the difference? In this blog, we offer a brief overview of what separates interim roles, temporary roles and contractors. 


Interim managers are usually brought in to fill a gap in expertise and help the company complete a specific project. Unlike contractors, you will usually manage a team and be hired due to your industry expertise in a certain area. Interim managers are also executive level, whereas contracting roles can vary from entry level, to senior. In an interim role, you are generally expected to make an immediate and long-lasting impact, so it is important you have a clear understanding of your objectives from the outset. 


Temporary workers work from contract to contract, usually through an agency and are paid their hourly/daily rate. This is a great choice for those who want the level of flexibility that does not always come easily with traditional 9 to 5 roles. If you want to work part-time, but still want to enjoy the employee benefits of your full-time counterparts, your best option is to work through an umbrella provider


As a contractor, you will likely be recruited to help with a project, fill a temporary absence or to share your in-depth industry knowledge. This is, more often than not, a well paid gig – especially if your skills are in high demand. Another perk of contracting is again, the flexibility involved. For example, the freedom to take a long holiday between projects. 

Fancy a change in pace? Browse our interim roles here or drop us a message via email at [email protected] for further insight into the roles we place. 

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