“I am conducting research into the use of senior interims in local government.
By senior interims, I mean managers or leaders hired on non-permanent contracts through a recruitment business who are paid over £500 per day.
I would be grateful if you could provide answers to the following questions:-
What was your total spend on interim executives for each of the past three financial years?
In the financial year 2015-16 Devon County Council’s (DCC’s) total spend on senior interims was £364,069.
In the financial year 2016-17 DCC’s total spend on senior interims was £469,420.
In the financial year 2017-18 DCC’s total spend on senior interims was £447,349.
How many senior interims were employed in your organisation in each of the past three financial years?
In the financial year 2015-16 DCC engaged four senior interims.
In the financial year 2016-17 DCC engaged eight senior interims.
In the financial year 2017-18 DCC engaged five senior interims.
How many interims had daily pay rates in each of these pay bands:
£500- £650 – 9
£651- £800 – 2
£801 or more – 2
Please can you name the top five suppliers of senior interims (£500+ day rate) as rated by contract value, stating the total fees paid to each supplier in each of the last three years?
In 2015-16 the top and only suppliers were:-
Sanctuary Personnel £88,335
Baltimore Consulting £18,200
In 2016-17 the top five suppliers were:-
Panoramic Associates £91,143
Sanctuary Personnel £37,148
Hamptons Resourcing £25,074
In 2017-18 the Council switched to a neutral vendor framework. The total spend within the Executive/Senior Interim Category was £447,349.
(Where a managed service provider (MSP)/neutral vendor framework is in situ, then please provide total spend within the ‘Executive/Senior’ interim category, or at £500+ day rate, whichever is easier.)
In 2017-18 the Council switched to a neutral vendor framework. The total spend within the Executive/Senior Interim Category was £447,349
Please can you list the top five most costly interim contracts (for individual people or projects, not recruitment suppliers) in each of the past three years providing a) the total amount paid b) the job/project title?
The total costs provided below include the pay to the interim plus any expenses and also includes the recruitment supplier’s fees. We are unable to break this down into costs for individuals only, as this information is not held.
£175,732 Interim Head of Children’s Service
£88,335 Principle Adults Social Worker
£81,802 Interim Children’s Services Manager
£18,200 Social Care Commissioning Senior Manager
£181,510 Assistant Director, Children’s Services
£92,143 Deputy Assistant Director, Adult Services
£75,536 Interim Head of Children’s Service
£35,609 Interim Manager, Children’s Services
£25,074 Senior Manager, Children’s Services Commissioning Team
£165,206 Interim Manager, Children’s Services
£150,716 Assistant Director, Children’s Services
£48,175 Senior Management Information Manager, Children’s Services
£46,696 Senior Manager, Children’ Services
£36,556 Service Manager, Children’s Services