ManpowerGroup Solutions Analyst Day – It’s All About Talent

On June 8, 2011, ManpowerGroup Solutions held its first analyst day where it talked about multiple services, including its RPO business, which is currently providing recruitment services in ~35 countries, including for eight global clients, which range in scope from two to ten countries. ManpowerGroup Solutions has a center of excellence in the U.S. to share best practices so it provides a consistent experience and doesn’t reinvent the wheel for each implementation. It is smart enough, however, to recognize that the greatest satisfaction for the hiring manager comes when services are delivered locally. Thus playing to its strength of having the ability to deliver RPO locally, with a total company presence in ~82 countries.

In Q1 2011, it closed 37 RPO deals: 8 in APAC, 9 in EMEA, 2 in LA, and 18 in the U.S. For the next eighteen months, it’s focus includes driving consistency of operation and customer experience and improving the client’s employment value proposition via improved employer branding and candidate experience.

ManpowerGroup Solutions still has the largest RPO deal to date in the industry, a $200m contract with the Australian Defense Force to provide full end-to-end services from sourcing through onboarding for 8,500 – 10,000 new hires annually. Approximately 300 personnel are employed onsite to support the contract which includes a marketing team of 22 people providing services that include social media and employment branding. There is also an 80 seat call center to proactively manage relationships with candidates and 90 I/O psychologists.

Other highlights of the day included a presentation on ManpowerGroup Solution’s Tapfin business, a MSP that handles over $3.3bn in managed services spend and administers 221 MSP programs globally.  This was followed by a demo of Workforce Scan, a consulting process to help model future scenarios of emerging supply and demand gaps in the availability of talent needed by taking a 5, 10, 15, or 20 year timeframe view.

There was also an announcement of a new contact center offering to help existing client centers increase productivity, improve customer service, and retain talent through a set of services including: talent sourcing; program and process management; best practice and benchmarking consulting; and talent-based outsourcing for center-based and distributed workforces such as virtual / work-from-home models. NelsonHall will cover more on this recent announcement in our tracking service and next HRO Industry Insight Newsletter.

According to its new Workforce Strategy Survey, almost a quarter of employers across 36 nations admit their workforce strategy does not support their business strategy or have any idea if it does. More than half of this group is doing nothing about it, which sounds like more opportunity for RPO providers to help employers with workforce planning.  I’ll share more on this topic next time!

Gary Bragar, Lead HRO Analyst, NelsonHall

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