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Germany – Interim managers on the rise

08 February 2013

Agency workers in Germany are increasingly found in management jobs and the number of temporary workers in this profession is expected to rise by +25% in 2013. This is according to a new survey by the German association of interim management (DDIM).

Last year there were around 5,500 interim managers in Germany.  Their remuneration is projected to rise above the €1 billion mark by the end of the year. This compares to around €925 million in 2012 and €825 million in 2011.

Interim managers are mainly hired when companies are undergoing restructuring processes (24%) or to fill in temporarily for vacant positions (21%). This is followed by project management jobs (20%) and jobs related to process optimisation. The DDMI expects the number of interim managers in the staffing industry to grow to around 6,200 by the end of the year which will make this sector one of the few sweet spots in the German staffing market during 2013

The German staffing market fluctuated last year with the latest figures showing the number of temporary agency workers fell by nearly -15% to 804,000 in November 2012 from 944,000 a year ago.


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Susan Lawson 21/02/2013 8:49 am

Tri lingual company (German/English/French) - where are these interim positions advertised? Looking for new challenge!

IMS Interim Management Solutions

Dr. Harald Wachenfeld 21/02/2013 7:04 am

my good guess is, that you will be able to work with English only on 20 - 30 % of all assignments in Germany; preferably on a higher management level or in a larger enterprise or in more internationally oriented enterprises.
Harald Wachenfeld/IMS

Broadhurst Management Ltd

Barry Ryan 20/02/2013 11:24 am

My own contribution to German businesses, would be centered around Project & Programme Delivery, Improvement and Turn around. Whilst ensuring as an Interim, I left a legacy. My question is - is it absolutely necessary to speak German - or, could I get by using English?

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