Know Your Place: The Interim-Contractor-Temporary Conundrum

What is the difference between an Interim, a Contractor and a Temporary Worker when considered in the field of Programme and Project Management?

I would be interested in people’s views as to how they would define each of the three titles commonly associated with people who deliver services which are not paid through the employing organisations payroll.

My initial thoughts: Effectively an Interim, a Contractor or a Temporary Worker is one and the same thing, a person that you buy in who is most suited to your requirements, for an agreed period of time, at an agreed hourly or daily rate.

Our experience of the market tells us that the terms “Interim”, “Contractor” and “Temporary Worker” tend to be used as a way of differentiating the perceived skill levels, creating a hierarchy amongst candidates who fill temporary positions.


I must admit that it reminds me of the famous Frost Report sketch featuring John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett: “I know my place”!

I look forward to reading your thoughts on the matter.

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