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With the current economic situation in the UK many people are looking at  a new way of working that gives them more flexibility and doesn’t involve being in a corporate with fixed times and a way of working.

 There is now a new breed of temp, one that is not desperate to hold onto the corporate ladder, but instead chooses to jump off it in order to further their careers. These so called “supertemps” are top-level managers who have realised that they are often better off, both financially and emotionally, working for various companies on a project-based or temporary basis.

 “The number-one reason these high achievers decide to leave their corporate careers behind is for career satisfaction,” says Jody Miller, co-founder and CEO of Business Talent Group (BTG), an agency that specializes in pairing up companies with independent business professionals. “They want to choose what type of work they do and for whom. Ultimately they want to be in control of their own life,” she adds.

There are many examples of people who have done this especially in their 50’s and as they come up to near retirement ages. Tony Evans, a 58-year-old chief executive from York, in the United Kingdom, was ahead of the curve when he decided to “decouple himself from the corporate treadmill” and go at it alone in 1994. He says, “I got to the point where I wanted to do the things that I liked, not just be part of the corporate bureaucracy”. He set up an interim management services business 3 Graces and he hasn’t looked back since.

 “I find working as an interim manager incredibly freeing,” says Evans. “There is a different level of honesty that you can have with your client when you work as an independent, one which they simply don’t get from a permanent employee.”

Evans has worked all over the world helping to rescue businesses that are going through a difficult time. “I only get to play when things are complicated, but that’s how I like it,” he says. A recent survey by the institute of management showed that 22% of prospective interims cite the end of employment as a trigger for making the move, but a whopping 70% give professional and lifestyle choices as the principal driver. Recent research by McKinsey found that 58% of U.S. companies are expecting to use more temporary arrangements on all levels in the years ahead. According to consultancy firm Booz Allen Hamilton, the UK market for interim managers is one of the best developed, accounting for as much as $1.8 billion in revenue in 2009; and across Europe, annual growth in the market for interim executives has been over 20%.

This feature will also be of interest to you : http://www.silversurfers.com/silver-bullets-aged-50-plus-recruited-to-small-businesses-grow/

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Barbara1
17th Oct 2014
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. It does appeal. It creates variety and flexibility. I have worked as a temp on and off for several years. I gained RSA typing 40wpm and shorthand 100wpm. My shorthand is a bit rusty though. My mental arithmetic and book-keeping are very good.
Frank Darby
17th Oct 2012
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So glad to have found Silverhairs, I have taken early retirement but feel frustrated that I can no longer share my experience and expertise. I spent many years in the NHS on the clinical side and then moved to financial service where my forte was in the training and development of both junior and senior managers, especially those in control of personnel, However any organisation involved in sales would also benefit from my management training techniques.
Silverhairs
18th Oct 2012
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Hello Frank ... you may find this feature of interest too ... http://www.silversurfers.com/silver-bullets-aged-50-plus-recruited-to-small-businesses-grow/ There is a link to a recruitment company called Skilled People who are looking for people just like you ... Good luck
Silverhairs
3rd Aug 2012
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Hello again Steve ... Have a look at our latest feature .. Keep Calm and Carry on Working! There is some useful information, and a link to a fantastic site who specialise in career opportunities for mature experienced workers! Good luck ... Silverhairs
Steve Dennis
3rd Aug 2012
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I like this as an alternative career opportunity - I am very disappointed at the atitude of the usual employment agencies who seem to ignore the considerable experience that we have buit up over the years - and the mistakes we have built on. Surely most organisations need fast results (from the sales and marketing area) and with a proven work ethic the more mature worker surely should score significantly when looking at recruitment.

I for one welcome the feature you are planning - when do you plan to publish it?
Silverhairs
3rd Aug 2012
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Hi Steve, We are currently in the process of co-ordinating a feature on this very topic. We want to provide you with some links on how to pursue an alternative career opportunity utilising your wealth of experience and proven skills. We will keep you updated .. I have noticed you have registered on Silverhairs already .. why not visit our Facebook site and Twitter; this way you can also you can get instant updates from us. Many thanks ... Silverhairs
Mrs Cheryl Maguire
30th Jul 2012
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As an experienced teacher and headteacher I enjoy organising and facing challenges. The infomation you offer sounds fascinating and I am keen to find out more in preparation of taking on different life skills for 2013.
Silverhairs
3rd Aug 2012
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Hello Cheryl ..Have a look at our latest feature .. Keep Calm and Carry on Working! There is some useful information, and a link to a fantastic site who specialise in career opportunities for mature experienced workers! Good luck ... Silverhairs
Silverhairs
31st Jul 2012
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There are many people like you Cheryl who want to explore their options for different life skills. We will continue to investigate and publish features on this topic, but in the meantime if you wish to add anything please feel free to do so at any time. There is a forum on the site to discuss such topics with like minded individuals too .. Silverhairs
Archie
29th Jul 2012
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I have recently retired and think that its a great idea to have a part time job now. No stress but some more money and helps to get out and meet people...I am all for it! I am thinking of driving for Tesco or Ocado as these seem nice jobs meeting people and not all all stressful especially as you have satnav now to show where people live
Silverhairs
31st Jul 2012
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Good for you .. it would seem that many retired men in particular are pursuing part time jobs with home delivery companies such as Tescos .. good luck!
Bud
11th Jul 2012
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What a great idea, is there a list of temp agencies that have temp jobs for mature people, there is a huge market out there of people looking for life style changes, who have terrific skills and experience offer but do not want long term commitment. In the future People will have to work longer into their retirement but an employer does not necessarily need or want to make a long term commitment. Having said that would employers take advantage to get great skills at a cheaper price and does it push youngsters off the career ladder.? I'd be interested in what others think.
Silverhairs
3rd Aug 2012
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Hi Bud ...Have a look at our latest feature .. Keep Calm and Carry on Working! There is some useful information, and a link to a fantastic site who specialise in career opportunities for mature experienced workers! Good luck ... Silverhairs
Silverhairs
11th Jul 2012
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Thanks Bud ... just about to do a feature on recruitment links for the over 50's ... watch this space! And we would also be interested in what others think, based on their experience ..... Silverhairs

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