Contract recruitment

Whether you need interim support to cover a short-term skills gap, to get a fresh perspective, to solve a specific problem, or to help upskill your current team, we are interim and contract recruitment specialists that are here to help.

We can source you an interim Product Manager, a fixed term Head of Marketing or an interim Product Design Director – and many more positions – and we can do this quickly so that your business doesn’t suffer through delays. Our contract recruitment team are continuously adding to their candidate networks to find the best interim or fixed term talent to deliver your business needs.

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How long is the contract recruitment process?

Due to the size and quality of our interim and contractor database across product, marketing, product design, UX and eCommerce, we are able to present our clients a shortlist within 24 hours. To achieve this, we will work with the client to ensure the specification, the competency requirements and the allocated day rate are all realistic and competitive in today’s market, ensuring we have access to the whole fixed term contractor talent pool.

From there, we can advise on the best interim interview questions to ask, IR35 considerations and continue to help you engage the interim contractor throughout the contract recruitment process and into their notice period – this is usually anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks.

Why do I need interim support

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I need to hire

Tell us more about your vacancy and what you are looking for in a candidate.

We’ll listen carefully to your needs and using our industry experience and vast network, we’ll connect you to real talent in the market.

Fill in this form or alternatively contact us on 01727 736690.

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Contract recruitment:
hiring an interim

Are you investing too much time in interim recruitment?

We deliver a shortlist to our clients within 24 hours of taking your brief. We do this by taking an in-depth brief of what you are looking for and form a comprehensive interim professional profile to work against.

Are you struggling to attract the right fixed term contractor?

35,000 candidates are already known to us through our extensive interim executive candidate database. We can quickly find candidates who are actively looking and have the particular domain skills that you need.

Are you always losing the best interim contractors to competitors?

We have a 92% candidate success rate – candidates who accept the position when offered by our clients.  We do this by delivering a quality and relevant shortlist, also keeping these fixed term contractors actively engaged throughout the hiring process.

Are you struggling to maintain the quality of interim contractors?

We find interim contractors which are experts in their field, ready to hit the ground running. They’re used to moving from engagement to engagement and adapting to new challenges and we also take the time to prepare them for each role before they start.

Do you need specific advice for contract recruitment?

We manage the hiring process from start to finish, including advice on day rates and IR35 rules. We also help to navigate the offer stage, any counteroffers and offer acceptance process.

Contract recruitment: competitive day-rates?

Many employers are nervous to start contract recruitment or look for interim support – the main reason for this is cost. Interim contractors can appear to charge high daily rates for their expertise.

It’s important to consider the total cost to the business when looking at fixed term contractors. Costs including holiday pay, sick pay and employee benefits (life insurance, health cover, income protection insurance) do not need to be considered, meaning interim recruitment isn’t as costly as expected.

Day rates will differ on a case-by-case basis, depending on the role, location, the business needs, the project objective and contract length. As a general rule of thumb, we’d expect the below day rates per discipline:

Interim day rates: 2023

Product Management contract recruitment
RoleRange: MinRange: Max
Interim Chief Product Officer10001500
Interim VP Product9001200
Interim Product Director8001000
Interim Product Lead7001000
Interim Head of Product650800
Interim Senior Product Manager550750


Product design and UX contract recruitment
 Range: MinRange: Max
Vice President Product Design£1000£1200
Product Design Director£700£900
Head of Product Design£550£700
Product Design Manager£450£550
UX / User Experience Director£700£900
Head of UX / User Experience:£600£800
UX / User Experience Manager£550£700
UX / User Experience Researcher£400£500
UX / User Experience Designer£500£600
UX / User Experience Lead£550£700
UI Designer£350£450
Information Architect£550£650
Customer Experience Manager£500£600
Marketing contract recruitment
Role Range: Min Range: Max
Interim Chief Marketing Officer 1000 1500
Interim VP Marketing 800 1000
Interim Marketing Director 700 1000
Interim Growth Lead 600 800
Interim Head of Marketing 500 800
Interim Marketing Automation Consultant 500 700
Interim Performance Marketing Manager 500 700
Marketing Analyst 400 600
Interim Lead Generation Manager (B2B) 400 600
Interim Marketing Manager 350 500
CRM Manager 350 500
eCommerce contract recruitment
RoleRange: MinRange: Max
Interim Head of eCommerce600800
Interim UX Designer450650
Interim Content Strategist400600
Interim Conversion Optimisation Consultant400600
Interim eCommerce Manager350500
Interim Digital Merchandising Manager300500
Gabor Mayer
Gabor Mayer
11. April, 2022.
Professional people, helpful culture. Lately I've been in touch with Doug B. from Intelligent People. If he ever calls you for a position you can be sure that you are in good hands. He is responsive. He treats candidates with respect. He cares. He understands that finding the right role is not just about "ticking a few boxes on a spreadsheet".
Taylan Tahir
taylan tahir
11. April, 2022.
Thanks Jess for your brilliant support and communication during the interview process. You made it really easy and efficient and allowed me to focus on the most important part - getting the role! I found the role advertised by IP through LinkedIn and would definitely recommend working with them as a candidate.
Ashwin Peter
Ashwin Peter
23. March, 2022.
One of the best firms out there in UK if you are looking for product hires. No BS and straight to the point. There is a reason why best product firms prefer them over others. I have had the best experience with them and would recommend any one who is looking for product role or to hire a product person for their firm. They are transparent and try to find the best fit for the firm and candidate.
David Nightly
David Nightly
21. March, 2022.
One of the best recruitment experiences we've had for digital talent. The team at IP really take the time to understand what you're looking for before engaging with candidates, and when speed is of the essence, they deliver quickly but with quality, ensuring limited time is wasted with candidates that aren't relevant. I will certainly use them again.
Pete Finlay
Pete Finlay
18. March, 2022.
These guys are so easy to work with, we have hired incredibly high calibre product talent through Intelligent People and will come back every time we need help.
Benjamin Grunwerg
Benjamin Grunwerg
17. March, 2022.
Very prefessional, would use again when hiring Ecommerce staff, always have good candidates.
Digital Marketing & Analysis
Digital Marketing & Analysis
2. March, 2022.
A recruitment agency like no other. Honest and friendly consultants - guiding you and helping you through out the long recruitment process. From the start to the end of the process the recruitment consultants I worked with were extremely professional.
Nick Brown
Nick Brown
1. March, 2022.
Put simply my go-to for product hires. I've been on both sides (IP have placed me in a new role as well as helped me recruit candidates multiple times, most recently as CPO of a marketplace), and they have always been honest, professional and considerate balancing the needs of candidates with those of the hiring company. For my recent search- in a very difficult market- they were my first (and as it turned out only needed) port of call and helped me land the perfect PM for the role who's doing a fantastic job. The process was simple and straightforward, the shortlist exactly what i wanted and the advice along the way (salary benchmarks, candidate 1 vs candidate 2 thought partnering etc) was invaluable and refreshing in the scrappy world of recruitment. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to hire at any level in product or indeed as a recruiter to work with as a candidate.
Jade Phillips
Jade Phillips
3. August, 2021.
By far one of the best recruitment agencies out there. I've worked with Suzy twice and on both occasions she has genuinely focussed on helping me to find a role that is right for me. Highly recommend working with them!
Rajvir Randhawa
Rajvir Randhawa
30. June, 2021.
Great experience working with Chris and the team at Intelligent People. They're just really nice, down-to-earth people that are brilliant at what they do. I'd have no hesitation in recommending them.

IR35 considerations for employers

IR35 or the off-payroll working rules apply when a contractor provides their services through their own limited company or another type of intermediary (agency or employment business) to a client.

The rules ensure that contractors pay Income Tax and National Insurance contributions in the same way as regular employees of the business do.

From 6 April 2021, all public authorities and medium and large-sized clients outside the public sector are responsible for deciding if the rules apply.

Learn about IR35

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