Interim managers getting younger every day

The average age of UK interim managers has dropped by more than 15 years over the past four years, according to new research.

The figures from interim management firm Alexander Hughes found the role of the interim changing, with people choosing it as a career much earlier.

Most new entrants are now between 30 and 40, with people choosing to become interim managers for better work-life balance, less corporate politics and more varied challenges.

The number of women becoming interims has climbed by around 40 per cent.

Gavan Burden, managing director of Alexander Hughes, said interims where now being used more strategically, rather than to simply fill gaps in staffing.

“Ten years ago interims were usually men in their fifties who had taken early retirement and were looking for some temporary work. Now we are seeing successful businessmen and women in their 30s increasingly turning to a life of interim roles,” he said.

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