RPO – A Surfboard for the Next Hiring Wave

Today’s corporations are facing a good news/bad news scenario. On the upside, the devastating economic rip currents of the past year and a half appear to be retreating a bit, which is driving employers to plan for at least minimal hiring growth. On the downside, many in-house recruiting departments have been nearly annihilated by the tsunami-force recession, leaving them unprepared to handle the anticipated hiring upturn, albeit likely selective, slow and sporadic.

With this gap in talent acquisition resources, rebuilding lost internal resources or excessive use of head hunters will not be timely or cost effective. But I believe RPO can help companies avoid getting stuck in the hiring undertow:

•  RPO providers can scale up quickly to meet demand and scale down when hiring softens

•  While our May 2009 RPO market analysis predicts only a 3.5 percent growth rate in 2009, we forecast an uptick to 12 percent from 2010 through 2013 due to increases in the health of the economy

•  As presented in my July 1 blog, RPO can reduce recruiting/hiring costs by 24 percent on average, and time-to-hire by an average of 43 percent

•  There are hundreds, even thousands, of candidates today for every single open position, and skimmed internal recruiting departments likely don’t have the resources or technology to vet and respond to every applicant in a timely manner. Vetting is self-obvious, and as noted in my June 24 blog, responding to all applicants is a critical component of solid employment branding

Some HRO vendors are carefully positioning themselves to be ready for the next wave, wherever the surf rises. And my conversations with RPO providers, supported by our recently published Outsourcing Confidence Index, show an increase in RPO provider pipelines for new prospective clients.

On Thursday August 6 at 12 noon eastern time, I’ll be presenting my recent RPO market analysis findings, honing in on the key question, “Is now the time for RPO?”  Afterward, Rebecca Callahan, Senior Vice President of Spherion’s RPO division, SourceRight Solutions, Frank Casale, CEO of the Outsourcing Institute and I will engage in a panel discussion to address this top-of-mind topic for buy- and sell-side HR executives. To register for this free webinar, please go to:


Gary Bragar, Lead HRO Analyst, NelsonHall

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