Project and interim management

Salary Guide 2023

The demand for interim managers continues to grow. These professionals already have the necessary experience to provide short-term support to organizations that are (temporarily) struggling with a shortage of employees or a lack of certain expertise.

Organizations hire interim managers for:

  • Business continuity & Replacement:  temporary asset with specific experience in times of staff shortages.
  • Project & Program management: projects and programs in which interim managers can apply their knowledge and skills in setting up new systems, a new organizational culture or in the deployment of new tools.
  • Change &  Transformation management: supplementing the current workforce that lacks certain expertise to successfully complete change projects, such as a merger/acquisition, restructuring or scale-up.

Hiring trends in project and interim management

New group of interim managers

  • For both the type of project and way of working, flexibility is important for interim managers.
  • In the process, there has been an increase in the number of younger interim managers.
  • This group no longer waits until the end of their career to take the step to freelance entrepreneurship.

Longer temporary projects

  • Interim managers have a great deal of experience and knowledge that can always be relevant to an organization.
  • Interim managers are especially in demand in organizations that cannot find new talent in the short term. Interim managers are then a temporary solution to fill this gap in a short period of time.
  • The temporary duration of the deployment of interim managers has increased to 9-12 months compared to the average turnaround time of 3-6 months.
  • Due to the tightness of the labor market, it may take longer to recruit interim managers quickly. Employers are therefore deploying interim managers for a longer period to avoid facing another shortage and losing this knowledge and experience.

Industries hiring most for interim managers

  • Logistics
  • E-commerce
  • Manufacturing
  • Food & Food Processing

The most valuable skills for interim managers

  • Experience in the industry
  • Strategically and operationally deployable
  • Flexibility
  • Empathy

Data referenced in this Salary Guide is based on an online survey developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm. Respondents included C-suite managers managers from small (50-249 employees), medium (250-499) and large (500+ employees) private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across the Netherlands.

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