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A Closer Look at Benefits Administration in H1 2012: Part 1

August 21, 2012

Amy L. Gurchensky, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

Earlier this year, I wrote a two part blog about how the benefits administration market was poised for a good year. Part 1 highlighted Q1 earnings results and part 2 focused on other signs indicating success such as acquisitions, hiring, and surveys.

Halfway through the year, signs are still indicating that 2012 will be a solid year for many benefits administration service providers.

 Aon Hewitt: For Q2, its Outsourcing segment reported organic revenue growth for the third consecutive quarter. In fact, the 6% reported was the company’s highest organic revenue growth rate for Outsourcing in several years. While Outsourcing revenues consist of more than just benefits administration, much of its growth was for benefits-related point services such as dependent eligibility audits. Its active employee exchange is set to be launched in Q4, which will begin to realize revenues in 2013.

Towers Watson: Towers Watson’s Benefits segment has been consist with positive organic revenue growth beyond the last four quarters. It’s Technology and Administrative Solutions segment revenues grew mid-single digits for the period ending June 30th and its pipeline is very healthy. The company’s Exchange Solutions segment, which was created after the acquisition of Extend Health, has had strong sales with a record number of participants enrolling, exceeding the 30% previously forecasted.

Mercer: Organic revenues for Mercer’s Outsourcing segment had another positive quarter, but were lower than reported in Q1. The suite of health care exchanges it launched earlier this year, which includes a retiree medical exchange, is expected to have ~500,000 employees enrolled across all three exchanges in 2013. 

Morneau Shepell: Canadian-headquartered Morneau Shepell has reported double-digit revenue growth for the last four consecutive quarters. In Q2, its pension and benefits outsourcing segment, which makes up ~25% of its revenues, had the largest contribution along with its health management business. Its growth is from new client wins, and its acquisition of SBC Systems has led to new business in the U.S.

According to the NelsonHall HR Outsourcing Market Forecast: 2012 – 2016, the projected growth rate for the benefits administration service line is modest compared to areas still experiencing rapid growth like RPO. Since benefits administration is the largest revenue generator in HRO, even moderate single-digit growth will add billions more to its total.

Later this week, look for more benefits administration mid-year updates from TRO and H&W service providers in Part 2.

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HRO Continues Growing and Going

May 31, 2012

As we near the halfway point, 2012 is going well for HRO. As support, here are choice tidbits from our HRO news coverage and analysis.

First quarter revenues were solid for most vendors. RPO and PEO led the way with continued strong growth in the mid-to-high teens even as new job growth has stalled. Clients are increasingly using HRO services to help manage and balance workforce talent needs. Lower but steady mid-single digit growth is rolling along for benefits and payroll in the traditional HRO service areas.

There was plenty of new business to go around by service line, vendor, geography, and in both the private and public sectors. There was even a very nice smattering of large deals with TCVs in the hundreds of millions!

Logica was awarded a 6-year multi-process HRO contract by BAE Systems to support its 33,000 U.K. employees. Included is implementation and management of a single-tenant, hosted Oracle HR platform, along with payroll, and adminsitrative services in support of talent management functions including recruiting and learning. This is Logica’s second significant sized multi-process HRO win in six months. This is a good indicator of its success as a major preferred partner of Oracle for HRO in Europe.

Speaking of Europe, HP has been awarded a major 15-year multi-process HRO contract by Italian financial services firm UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions SCpA. A major driver for this deal was the need for a platform to support globally standardized HR and payroll processes across the countries in scope (Italy, Austria, plus a third country), serving ~98,000 employees. The HRO services in scope include payroll, time and attendance, workforce administration, learning and development administration, mobility, and ex-pat services.

The U.K. was the hottest area for the public sector. These deals are long wave sales with lots of competition, and there were even incumbent upsets. The services are naturally very important, but the promised cost advantages must be delivered. Lots of hard work and strong partnerships will be needed by the client organizations and the vendors to ensure success.

  • Capita was awarded a £250m contract by the Cabinet Office to exclusively manage the Civil Service’s training services. It will both directly deliver training and manage a competitive network of other training suppliers.
  • Capita was awarded a £440m contract by the British Army for recruiting services. The Recruitment Partnering Project contract is for 10 years and Capita will also deliver supporting technology for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. It will partner with Kenexa for assessment and recruiting technology.
  • Almost at the finish line is CSC as it has been selected as preferred bidder for a £400m, 7-year contract by the MoD to provide pay and pensions administration services to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) for the U.K. Armed Forces.

Let’s all hope the rest of the year keeps HRO growing and rolling along!

Linda Merritt, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

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The Fertile Ground of HRO Innovation

February 9, 2012

Kelly Services’ recent announcement of its new Office of Innovation was fascinating as the company has long been a leader and innovator in the staffing services field. Go global, check. Provide MSP, check. Add RPO, check. Add consulting, check. Launch mobile access applications, check. Supply chain management, check. Its success shows in the results, with 2011 revenues totaling $5.6 billion, a 12% increase over 2010.

To find out more, I had a lively discussion with Kelly Services’ Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Rolf Kleiner. Basically, Kelly Services has already done so much that it is focusing on new solutions and capabilities to remain ahead of the competition and keep up with its many Fortune 500 clients.

According to Kleiner, the company has always done well with the “little I” incremental innovations that improve and enhance its current services and capabilities. Kelly Services is also looking for new “big I” innovations, those that can move the needle on results and set precedents within the company and in the marketplace. It was felt that by adding more visibility and vetting larger scale opportunities, the Office of Innovation will be able to identify, develop, and bring new innovations to market faster.

Kleiner plans to set up a “pull” process for ideas that includes many stakeholder groups including employees, clients, suppliers, and other industry experts. He likened the process to farming. It will take working with the communities of interest on an on-going collaborative basis to develop a harvest of ideas.

There were several items I found especially interesting. One is using this effort as an opportunity for talent management. Some proof of concept and development projects will be managed by the Office of Innovation and will provide highly visible opportunities for those assigned. When projects are managed outside of the normal lines of business, integration and communications will be maintained which brings reality to planning and brings market needs and innovation participation deep into the infrastructure and culture of Kelly Services.

Also, there is a very crisp vision for the strategic initiative and clear criteria for the kind of innovation opportunities that are being sought. There is solid alignment with the goals of the company, scale for sizing market opportunities, and an openness to solutions that could include internal developments, partnerships, supplier networks, etc.

Finally, the selection of Kleiner as head of the Office of Innovation is a strong indication of Kelly Services’ seriousness with this endeavor. He reports directly to the CEO and his previous assignment was as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the KellyOCG group, which provides consulting and outsourcing services. The pulse of the market, the voice of the customer, and the operational beat of the business are all fresh and fertile ground for Kleiner’s new challenge.

Our NelsonHall HRO team always advises clients to look for service providers that can meet today’s needs as well as offer partnership for meeting the needs of tomorrow. How is your HRO vendor focusing on the future?

Linda Merritt, Research Analyst, HRO, NelsonHall

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A Double Dose of Kenexa

November 8, 2011

Last week, Kenexa announced Q3 revenues and held its annual analyst relations meeting. Revenues for Q3 2011 were $75.7m, up 59% year-over-year. Subscription services were up 38% to $55m, professional services increased by 102% to $22.2m, and RPO was up 26% at $20m.

The top 80 customers averaged $1.6m in annualized revenues, up $.4m over Q3 2010. Sixty new “preferred partner” clients were added during the quarter (each with over $50k in annual spend), up 50% Y-o-Y. Three large client deals closed in the quarter including Baker Hughes and a life sciences company, all of which Kenexa won against multi-vendor partnerships with its breadth of talent management services available from a single vendor, a differentiating factor.

In addition to increasing its revenues and client base, Kenexa is integrating aquisitions, setting up new partnerships, and doubling down on the pace of new service developments and introductions. The integration of Salary.com is ahead of plan and some of the largest compensation deals in Salary.com’s history were just signed. Its new alliance with SkillSoft provides an enriched option for learning as part of an end-to-end talent management solution, adding to its coverage of one more key talent management base.

The latest “2x” service, Kenexa’s 2x Perform, was launched for early adopters. It is an integrated, enterprise-level performance management, succession, and compensation planning system. The new SaaS service joins the likes of 2x Brass Ring, 2x Onboard, and 2x Mobile. In 2012, 2x Perform will be expanded to all markets and 2x Assess will add to the growing survey and assessment product line. The feature and function basics are also a development priority with enhancements to the user experience underway.

We also heard live from several clients and while each had very different recruiting and talent challenges, each saw the same strengths in Kenexa. The right technology and service bells and whistles are there, but as one client said, “the technology makes you productive, the relationship makes you successful.” And it was the relationship aspects that each client highlighted including a focus on client success from the executives to the account teams.  Part of Kenexa’s high revenue growth is coming from an increase in the number of services sold in new contracts and service additions by existing clients. How do you really know you have great customer satisfaction? When they trust you with a greater share of their wallet.

With good news on all fronts, the management team mood was expansive and the conversations wide-ranging at the analyst event. From the presence of four generations in the workforce and the shortage of talent when and where needed, to the global impact of the economic crisis in Greece, talent management ties in one-way or another to much of what we see happening around us. Expect to see Kenexa there, on the front lines, helping clients around the world create improved business results through the many elements of talent management.

Linda Merritt, Research Analyst, HRO, NelsonHall

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HRO Get Ready for the Human Age

October 27, 2011

ManpowerGroup reported its 3Q 2011 earnings last week, a bit more on that later. First, I want to highlight a “big idea” approach to talent management that the company has launched. Speaking at the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jeffery Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO, announced that we are on the cusp of “Entering the Human Age.” According to Joerres, in the Human Age, talent is the key differentiator for business success and technology becomes the great leveler, allowing skilled individuals to vault the restrictions of national borders, and increasingly, of when and where they work.

Many of the elements ManpowerGroup addresses are already known in the world of HR and HRO. The impact of the technology-enabled globalization of talent, the need to simultaneously deal with an aging workforce while engaging a mobile new generation, and the growing mismatch in available labor versus skilled talent. All of these lead to the need for a new strategy and approach to attracting, developing, and retaining talent.

The future of talent envisioned in the Human Age is both hopeful and daunting as we are only entering the transition period with a long road ahead. It is a future in which employers would benefit from a consulting/outsourcing partner with the scale and scope of ManpowerGroup, with $22bn in revenues and a presence in 80 countries.

I love big ideas that come from HRO service providers showing that HRO can be more than transaction, technology, and contact center cost and efficiency management. Big ideas can also lift and differentiate a company’s brand.

One of the keys to brand management is consistency and constancy of messaging. IBM is doing a very good job of taking a big idea phrase, i.e., smarter planet, connecting it to its brand, and naturally to its consulting and services. Going one step further, IBM makes the concept a central theme running throughout its strategic initiatives. For example, the HRO team had to show how its investment initiatives supported one or more of the six imperatives for a smarter planet.

ManpowerGroup is making a good start. The speech in Davos was backed by a special ManpowerGroup website for more information on the Human Age, including a 58 page booklet outlining the concept and providing research and experienced insight on changes that will be integral to the new age. Other 2011 white papers from ManpowerGroup are picking up the phrase and it was also used in its 3Q 2011 earnings report. Further use across the external website, news releases and other collateral, as well as internal use will strengthen the connection to ManpowerGroup.

For 3Q 2011 ManpowerGroup reported revenues of $5.8bn, up 16% overall and 9% in constant currency. EPS were $.97, up 43.5% from $.62 in the prior year quarter.

Linda Merritt, Research Analyst, HRO, NelsonHall

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RPO Continues Its Stride in Q2 2011

August 16, 2011

If you didn’t pay attention to the news and only looked at the recent financial results reported by staffing and RPO providers, you’d think that everything is fine with the global economy.  Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights including year-over-year revenue growth in Q2 2011 compared to Q2 2010 and some numbers of contracts awarded:

  • Talent2 (fiscal year 2011 for period ending June 30) +26%, RPO +57%
  • Kelly Services +16%, KellyOCG + 22.5%, and RPO ~+50%
  • Kenexa +59%, RPO + 45%
  • Manpower + 24%, ManpowerGroup Solutions +21% with 37 RPO deals closed in Q1 and 31 new RPO contracts awarded in Q2
  • Pinstripe won or extended 15 RPO contracts in H1 (revenue not reported)
  • SeatonCorp +20%, PeopleScout +95% with 9 new RPO contracts signed.

Why was growth and the number of contracts awarded so high when the sad reality of the news headlines is that there are debt problems, slowdown in GDP growth, and a continually high unemployment rate?   Well, that is precisely why!  There are several reasons including:

  • Organizations who have had to downsize are turning to RPO because they don’t want to invest in hiring recruiters and associated staff only to potentially downsize again (i.e., it’s better to outsource recruitment to a vendor that can provide variable pricing and who can scale up or down quicker than the client)
  • Obtaining  better quality of candidates and quality of hire from an outsourcing specialist
  • Allowing HR to work as a strategic partner and in-conjunction with the RPO vendor to engage employees and retain talent (instead of focusing on hiring)
  • Wanting to get out of the technology management business, which isn’t usually a client’s core competency
  • Reducing time to hire, improving hiring manager satisfaction, etc.

In addition to revenue growth from new contracts and renewals, growth comes from existing clients that have increased their hiring volumes. Other sources of growth are from contracts won in prior quarters that take several months before fully ramping up.

RPO does not look like it is going to slow down anytime soon.  In NelsonHall’s HR Outsourcing Confidence Index, published in June, pipeline growth reported in the prior quarter was higher for RPO than all of the other HRO services.

At NelsonHall, we’ve seen an increase from buyers wanting to know who we see as the leading RPO providers by country and region. Buyers, are you evaluating outsourcing recruitment, if you haven’t done so already?

Gary Bragar,  HR Outsourcing Research Director, NelsonHall