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Determining Optimal Compensation: Navigating Appropriate Daily Rates for Interim Managers and Client

Aktualisiert: 23. Apr.

Setting an appropriate daily rate is a nuanced task. It's vital to strike the right balance to ensure both the client and interim manager begin the project on a positive note. A fair and suitable daily rate is key to this process. At Swiss Interim Management, we adopt a dual-perspective approach, considering both the Client and Interim Manager's standpoints. When there's alignment between these two, we mediate further negotiations to finalize a mutually acceptable daily rate. But how does one ascertain the right daily rate? What factors should be considered? Is there a formula to calculate the fee?


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Client's Specifications The process of finding the ideal candidate and budgeting is an evolving one, often lacking linearity. Therefore, deciding the right compensation isn't directly tied to finding the right candidate. One clear starting point, however, is the client's specific requirements for the interim manager: What skills - both professional and personal - are needed? What responsibilities will the interim manager handle? What is the project's duration? Comprehensive analysis of the client's needs during candidate search enables us to identify preliminary factors for determining an appropriate daily rate.

Expertise and Accomplishments The interim executive's proven success and comprehensive expertise allow them to command higher fees compared to their less experienced counterparts. Businesses are often ready to pay a premium for demonstrated expertise and results. Swiss Interim Management is proud to host a community of over 400 seasoned interim managers, exhibiting deep industry knowledge.

Project Scope and Duration The project's scope and duration significantly influence the daily rate. For instance, short-term projects demanding intense working hours could require higher daily rates. Conversely, for long-term projects, businesses might negotiate a marginally lower daily rate. This is because long-term engagements reduce the 'downtime' or periods where the interim manager isn't booked, which compensates for the slightly lower daily rate.


Company's Size and Type


The company's size and type significantly impact the daily rate. The range can vary, for example, from approximately 1,200 CHF for a CFO of an SME in the Swiss industrial sector to around 1,400 CHF for the same position in a larger Swiss SME within the same industry. Daily rates of up to 3,000 CHF are certainly possible in this field.



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Bonus-Linked Target Agreement Integrating a bonus payment with a target agreement is an alternate compensation model. In this case, if an interim production manager surpasses the agreed target with the client, the interim manager receives more than the agreed bonus. At Swiss Interim Management, we view this as a fair and transparent compensation method and gladly assist our clients and interim managers in this respect.

Market Analysis Swiss Interim Management conducts regular market analyses to offer realistic daily rate assessments. Factors such as industry trends, supply-demand dynamics, and prevailing compensation standards in the industry guide us.

Additional Benefits and Costs In crafting compensation agreements, we also consider any additional benefits and costs, which may include travel and accommodation expenses, expense claims, technical equipment, or specialized training. It's crucial to discuss these benefits from the get-go to prevent potential misunderstandings or unexpected costs.

Geographical Location The company's geographical location can also affect the daily rate for interim managers. Regions with robust economies or bustling metropolitan areas like Zurich, Geneva, or Munich typically command higher daily rates due to the rising cost of living and intense competition for skilled professionals.

The 1% Rule According to the "1% rule," an interim manager's net daily rate equals one percent of a comparable manager's gross annual salary in a permanent role. However, the daily rate is subject to various factors and must be agreed upon individually. The 1% rule merely provides a reference point.

Cultural Fit When discussing new mandates, the cultural fit or alignment between the interim manager and the company is vital. It's essential to consider these "soft factors" when determining appropriate compensation.

Intuition as a Guiding Factor Despite rational considerations, intuition can often be the deciding factor. Perhaps the negotiated daily rate seems enticing, but the mandate doesn't feel right, or the offer is lower than the usual rate, but the project feels promising for professional and personal growth.



overview of important key facts for determining an appropriate daily rate

Are you currently seeking an interim manager? Or do you require more information on determining daily rates? Schedule a consultation today for detailed insights. Are you currently looking for an interim manager? Or would you like to have more detailed information on the topic of "structuring the daily rate"? Then it is best to make an appointment for a consultation today.

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daniel.rolla
daniel.rolla
Jul 18, 2023

The best things in life are not the ones you get for money. Said Albert Einstein, so our performance as interim managers counts.


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