Consultants and Interim resources are both used to conduct specifc projects or fill resource gaps.
The main difference between a "consultant" and an "Interim" is time. Consultants are in the main are used for short term specfic projects that require specifc skills whereas an interim resource is filling a specfic role such as filling in for the temporary absence of a key member staff or enabling a company re-structuring. In both instances a company can employ the services of a highly qualified resources without the long-term commitment associated with a permanant hire.
Major benefits of Interims & Consultants :
Availability – Permanent recruiting takes time.
High Value – Highly qualified & Results orientated.
Reduces Risk – no employment agreements or expensive severance packages.
Special Skills – key skills that the organization does not possess and that would take a long time to cultivate organically or recruit permanently.