The INIMA Report 2022

A market survey by the International Network of Interim Manager Associations (INIMA)


This was the second European Survey conducted by Interim Managers for the primary benefit of Interim Managers, it collected the views from all the leading European Interim Manager Associations.

The Positives

The INIMA survey showed that business improved for European Interim Managers in 2021 with respect to 2020.

The number of billed days increased in Europe by an average of seven percent (+7%), the countries that recovered  the most were those that were hit hardest  by the pandemic in the previous year. The average utilization of European Interim managers in 2021 was 63%, and with 81% Germany had the highest utilization in Europe.

The interim managers on assignment in January 2022 had also increased by twelve percent (+12%) in respect to the same time last year as  managers have re-entered the market, the re-entry  was particularly strong in France and the UK (+21%).

In 2021 the public sector increased in the UK (+7%) and Poland (+3%) but the private sector still dominated with 91% of European assignments.

In most countries the average day rate was relatively stable, fortunately the reality was better than the  bleak prediction of interim managers in the 2021 survey!

The personal network was confirmed as the preferred sales channel for the majority of  European Interim managers. Personal networking generated even more assignments in 2021 (+2%), whilst less assignments came through providers (-4%).

In conclusion, business improved for European interim managers in 2021 and they also had a positive view for market development for the first six months of 2022.

The full European Report and National Reports are free downlaods on the INIMA website.

INIMA aims to be an International Network of Interim Manager Associations as a non-profit organization whose partners share common principles, values and a code of conduct. INIMA supports cross border collaboration to advance the Interim Management profession and facilitate the exchange of knowledge between the members of the INIMA partner associations. INIMA shall encourage communication, and share experiences, best practices and competencies.