Covid-19 made us all stop and think about the way we work and live. And many interim workers turned their attention to permanent vacancies in a bid to ensure a level of security. Here at Silven, we’ve seen a growing demand from candidates looking to move back into this area. 

However, that’s not to say that interim positions should be pushed aside. We’ve all had time to re-evaluate what our future looks like and as we adjust to this new normal, short-term project-based assignments and a flexible approach to roles is the right choice for many.

In this blog, we explore both interim and permanent positions for candidates in the food manufacturing industry… 


One of the reasons that people choose interim assignments is because of the versatile nature of working in this way. Contract-based work is fast, it’s exciting and you get to have a real impact on businesses working with a range of different people and organisations. 

“Working on an interim basis provides you with a flexible lifestyle. It also keeps the job interesting and you get the opportunity to make connections across a vast industry.” Harriet Walker, Interim Recruitment Consultant at Silven.

But, choose the right job, and the same can be said for permanent roles. In a permanent position, you may look to develop within your job title or even within the wider company itself over the duration of your employment. And there are plenty of development opportunities for contractors too by taking on new projects and networking with a multitude of companies over the years.

The work-life balance

Most interim workers say they have more control over the hours they work. Plus, you may find that interim projects allow you to work from home more or move your hours/days around. However, increasingly, we are seeing this level of versatility and flexibility within permanent roles.

“2020 has made us all wake up to what’s important. Employee perks are changing, with more of a focus on flexible working and the work-life balance. Whether you need to work at home on certain days or prefer to start earlier, more companies are allowing perm employees to work in a way that suits them.” Emma Hanson, Permanent Recruitment Consultant at Silven. 

Workplace culture is likely to be important to you. While it might be easier to make connections in a permanent role, there’s no reason why contractors can’t do the same. Provided that you find a company that’s a good fit for you, you’ll quickly become integrated into their team – whatever role you’re in. 


Job security is probably the biggest concern that deters people from contracting. Not to mention financial stability. Of course, permanent roles provide a higher level of certainty but that isn’t to say interim roles are unstable. 

In fact, the Silven team go out of our way to make sure our contractor network feels supported. We don’t just get in touch with our interim candidates when they are coming to the end of a project. We maintain communication throughout the entire process, getting in touch when relevant roles arise.

If you’d like to discuss the pros and cons of interim or permanent roles in more detail, why not drop us a message today? Alternatively, head to our website to see our latest vacancies. Here at Silven, we have all the market insight and advice to make sure your next step is entirely right for you.