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HRO Today Forum In Vogue

May 8, 2012

I found my attendance at last week’s HRO Today Forum to be very worthwhile. I presented my newly published research on the “State of the Learning BPO Marketplace,” including the emergence of social learning. While there, I took full advantage of attending many of the other sessions and meeting with several companies including: The Good Jobs, KellyOCG, Pinstripe, Randstad Sourceright, Kenexa, Aon Hewitt, Raytheon Professional Services, NorthgateArinso, Seven Step Recruitment, and Hays. Here are some of the highlights from the forum.

The Good Jobs: The Good Jobs is an online service that allows job seekers and employers an innovative way to find each other. Employers not only advertise job opportunities, but also their employment brand, culture, and corporate values to candidates. Job seekers can identify their life and work style priorities, and target those employers who meet their needs. Matching talent desired to employer desired will lead to employee engagement and retention in addition to business results, including increased productivity and lower cost by reduced attrition. No surprise The Good Jobs won the iTalent competition.

Where do Jobs Come From Panel: This panel was led by Prudential HR SVP Sharon Taylor and included Brink Lindsey from the Kauffman Foundation; Scott Case, CEO of Startup America; and John Haltiwanger from the University of Maryland. A few interesting data points from this session included the following:

  • 90% of companies are small, but 65% of employees work for large companies
  • 2003 – 2007 saw high job growth averaging 200,000 hires per month but it was not as strong as the 1990s
  • From ~1977 – 2003, there were only 5 years that job growth exceeded layoffs for non-start-up companies, i.e. a net creation in jobs
  • I missed the time period, but the point was that more jobs have been created in startups (3.5m) vs. established private sector companies (2.5m)
  • The fastest growing businesses are also the most profitable.

Is Outsourcing Good for America Debate: Interesting points from the pro side included:

  • 90% of outsourcing serves companies outside of the U.S.
  • 95% of world consumers are outside of the U.S.
  • 90% of what is made abroad gets sold abroad
  • Foreign companies invest more in the U.S. (e.g. Honda, Nissan, BMW) than the U.S. invests abroad (it’s a 2 way street)
  • The U.S. tax rate is one of the highest in the world adding to why some companies shift a portion of their business and jobs offshore.

Congratulations to all Bakers Dozen MSP winners led by Randstad Sourceright, Staff Management, Allegis Group Services, Adecco Solutions Group, The Bartech Group, Guidant Group, Advantage xPO, KellyOCG, Hyphen, Agile 1, Yoh, Hays Plc, and WorkforceLogic.

Congratulations to HRO Award recipients including providers NorthgateArinso, Pinstripe, Aon Hewitt, KellyOCG, and Evolv, Inc.; provider executives Cynthia Crose of IBM and Mike Ettling of NorthgateArinso; and buyer executive Chris Payton of Bank of America.

Gary Bragar, HRO Research Director, NelsonHall

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HR Tech: Another Winner!

October 6, 2011

Kudos to Bill Kutik and everyone involved in planning and organizing the 14th Annual HR Tech Conference that took place October 3 -5. Surveys are still being collected, but I’d rate it as a success! As an analyst, I did attend a couple presentations and briefly visited the showroom floor but, the majority of my time was spent in small meetings learning about new outsourcing contract activity and technology offerings, which included demos.  Highlights from some meetings included:

  • IBM, already a major global MPHRO and LBPO provider, winning three significant contracts in the past month with clients headquartered in three different continents including a MPHRO contract with Air Canada (press release issued this morning). More to follow on the Air Canada win as well as the other MPHRO and LBPO contract awards as those press releases are issued.
  • ManpowerGroup Solutions’ RPO business continuing to grow at > 50% thus far in 2011 with dozens of new clients added YTD in countries that include: U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Japan, U.K., Israel, Belgium, Finland, Poland, Netherlands, Sweden, and France.
  • ADP’s demo of Vantage HCM, which is initially targeted in the U.S. for organizations with 1,000 – 20,000 employees.  I was impressed with the performance management capabilities and the overall ease of use, which included setting goals, identifying competencies, weighing performance to goals, linking performance to compensation, succession planning, etc. I could easily see how this platform can make an organization’s talent more effective, especially when combined with project management and implementation consultation.
  • Kenexa’s recent announcements that include: launching Social Solutions for Recruiting and its new performance management suite, 2x Perform, which integrates performance management, succession planning, and compensation; a partnership with Skillsoft to integrate its e-learning content and SkillPort platform with Kenexa’s talent management platform and 2x Perform; a partnership with The Brooklyn Group to increase RPO presence in Australia; and a partnership with HR GlobBlog for global talent advice.
  • SourceRight Solutions, whose revenue has been growing from both new contract wins as well as existing clients increasing hiring volumes, with the biggest news that Randstad completed its acquisition of the SFN Group for ~$771m last month. SourceRight will be the RPO arm for Randstad and with combined company revenue of ~$22 bn, of which ~80% are in Europe, expect great opportunities abroad as well as continued success in North America.
  • Mercer’s Human Capital Connect, which combines talent management technology for performance management, succession planning, and compensation. It uses the PeopleFluent platform and a client success team that does a readiness assessment and stays with the client for life. Since its launch in mid-2010, a few major clients have been won, but names cannot be disclosed.

I attended twelve other meetings, demos, and presentations I’ll write more about in a future blog, but for now common themes are that HRO is thriving and that vendors are introducing new offerings for clients to improve talent management. Yes, technology combined with consultation is important and is most effective by organizations trained in how to do performance management.

Gary Bragar, HR Outsourcing Research Director, NelsonHall

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Randstad Acquisition Frenzy… This Time in North America Acquiring SFN Group

July 29, 2011

A pretty big acquisition happened last week in the staffing and recruiting industry. Here is the backdrop.

On July 20, 2011, Randstad announced that it is going to acquire SFN Group to expand in North America. Randstad is headquartered in the Netherlands and SFN Group in the United States. It is a cash tender offer at $14 per share. Approved by both boards, the acquisition, now subject to regulatory approvals and a tender offer of at least 50% of SFN Group’s outstanding shares, equates to ~$771m. This is a premium of 53% over SFN Group’s closing share on July 19, 2011. The acquisition is expected to close in September 2011.

The Randstad Group will have combined revenues of ~$22bn / €17bn (pro forma as of March 31, 2011). In North America, the combined company will have $4.6bn in revenues (pro forma as of March 31, 2011) from the following service segments:

  • 52% Staffing
  • 39% Professionals
  •   9% HR Services including payroll, managed services, and RPO.

Randstad, who already has sizeable revenue in North America, now becomes a major force. Randstad, which had full year 2010 revenues of €14,179m, obtained 13% of its revenues (or €1,848m) from North America, which equates to over $2.6Bn. The SFN Group had full full year revenues of $2,053m. Approximately 80% of Randstad’s 2010 revenues were in Europe.

So, is Randstad trying to conquer the staffing world via acquisitions? Its last acquisition was in August 2010, acquiring FujiStaff Holdings to strengthen its presence in the Japanese staffing market. Since 2006, Randstad has merged and partnered with five other companies in Japan to provide staffing services that include temporary and permanent hires, contract staffing, and internal recruiting for industries that include healthcare, real estate, and construction. Since 2005, Randstad has been acquisitive elsewhere  in growing its staffing business including in:

  • U.K.
  • Germany (3)
  • Netherlands
  • China
  • Switzerland.

Randstad now also picks up SourceRight Solutions’ RPO business, which NelsonHall estimated as the third largest RPO provider in North America in its 2011 RPO market analysis report. SourceRight’s RPO business has had significant year-over year revenue growth in H1 2011. Its RPO business has primarily been in North America, but expect for it to expand into Europe by 2012. More to follow in a future blog…

Gary Bragar,  HR Outsourcing Research Director, NelsonHall

Staffing and RPO Surpassing 2010 Y-O-Y Results

May 9, 2011

As bullish as I’ve been on RPO, results reported to date for staffing and RPO providers have exceeded even my expectations.  As we all know, 2009 was a down year for hiring, but then there was a big turnaround in 2010 and in RPO, most vendors I interviewed for my recently published RPO report said that revenue and hiring are back to pre-recession levels. Although hiring has picked up in the U.S., I don’t think any of us would say it is going gang-busters yet.  But in comparison to overall staffing results for Q1 2010 that averaged ~12% revenue growth, Q1 2011 has about doubled thus far.  Let’s take a look at some Q1 2011 results to date and how they compare year-over-year to Q1 2010:

  • Manpower up 24%
  • Hays up 18%
  • SeatonCorp up 25% and its RPO business PeopleScout is up 103%
  • CTG up 22%
  • SFN up 6% and its RPO business in SourceRight Solutions is up 83%
  • Randstad up 22%
  • Kenexa up 59% and its RPO business is up 56%.

I do believe that the rest of the year will be strong for staffing, but it’s hard to believe that RPO will maintain quite the same momentum.  That said, hiring will improve and I agree completely with Manpower’s findings on May 6th stating that  U.S. companies must hire again as workers are stretched to the max doing more with less.  In my view, it’s been this way long before the recession, mostly in part to how Wall Street rewards companies for their performance, but we’ve reached a tipping point and I’m almost certain this is not just a U.S. phenomenon.

But instead of just reading about it, come join us at the HRO Forum in Las Vegas May 24 – 25 that combines the HRO, RPO, and MSP Summits along with the HR Demo Show.

As a speaker, I’ve been extended an offer to invite buy-side HR execs with a 60% discount and also an offer for a limited number of RPO buy-side practitioners to be able to attend all four Summits for free, get reimbursed for travel up to $500, and get 2 hotel nights for free. If you are interested, then send me an email at gary.bragar@nelson-hall.com and I’ll send you the info/codes to register.

Gary Bragar, Lead HRO Analyst, NelsonHall

HRO – How the Garden Grows

April 29, 2011

Everything seems pretty moderate and modest in the garden of HRO so far this year. After the abundance in 2010, perhaps that is not so bad. Reasonably steady business gives service providers a breather and a chance to attend to growth opportunities by leveraging current capacities while cultivating new capabilities selectively.

In benefits outsourcing, the contract levels were good with some key wins and renewals. Fidelity continues its blossoming growth with major 5 year renewals for total retirement outsourcing contracts with HP and BP, and a new defined contributions contract with the University of Oklahoma. In the U.K., Mercer was awarded a 7 year defined benefits renewal by Saint-Gobain and it won a new pensions administration client, Loomis UK.

RPO saw a smaller crop of new awards, but is still growing, especially in North America and the U.K.  My colleague, Gary Bragar, will be heading off soon to the RPO Summit as a presenter and I look forward to hearing the latest views.

Smaller M&A and partnership activity remains perennial, continuing the pattern of growing footprints in terms of geography and specialized services. GP was the most active with the acquisitions of Ultra Training in the U.K.; RWD Technologies with offices in the U.S., U.K., and Colombia; and Communications Consulting in China. Manpower Group acquired Web Development Company in India to add to its IT recruiting in Asia Pacific. Finally, Raytheon Professional Services partnered with Baptist Health to increase training in healthcare systems.

With the blooming of HRO platform managed services, we have two trends. First is the belief that the time for HRO mid-market is finally here. Vendors are confident enough to invest in and launch new platform service offerings specifically for the mid-market. The second is growth into new fields beyond the base of payroll and HR administration systems. Examples of both trends:

  • Payroll – NorthgateArinso launched agoHRa for companies with up to 500 ee’s per country
  • Learning – IBM launched the mid-market Smart Business Learning Services and has launched Smart Business Learning Content Services
  • RPO – Mid-market grew from c. 20% of total revenue in 2008 to c. 33% in 2010
  • RPO – SourceRight Solutions launched RPO One for organizations with 100 – 5,000 employees, providing a dedicated service team, pre-configured ATS, and reporting and analytics.

Contract activity adds evidence that customers agree these services are desirable options. NorthgateArinso was awarded a 5 year managed payroll services and HR software contract by Historic Scotland utilizing ResourceLink Aurora. Historic Scotland is responsible for data entry, while NorthgateArinso will handle processing, pay runs, and produce electronic payslips. Edvantage Group won a 3 year managed learning services contract with Rieber & Son in Norway, which included Learning Gateway, Edvantage Group’s SaaS LMS, and e-learning courses. Edvantage Group also recently announced two contacts for its SaaS LMS. 

Learning has been slower to recover. Hopefully, 2011 will be the year for its bountiful harvest.

Linda Merritt, Research Director, HRO, NelsonHall

Going Mobile

April 14, 2011

In early November, my colleague Linda Merritt wrote a blog titled “Mobile Apps Are Ringing Up HRO.” It recognized ADP as one of the early entrants with its payroll app “RUN Powered by ADP” for small business owners, which was launched in October 2010 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with plans to release Android and RIM-compatible versions this year.  Well, it’s hard to believe it has been this long for those of us considered middle-aged, but 40 years ago, Pete Townshend of the rock band The Who wrote “Going Mobile.” The song was about taking a vacation by riding around in a car with no particular destination, something Pete liked to do.  I don’t think Pete was thinking about processing payroll while riding around in his car, but this week ADP issued a press release with some very impressive statistics noting that there are already 100,000 users for its RUN payroll app.

A comment by one user, Scott McKain, stated “with just a few clicks, we process payroll conveniently and securely… and since transitioning to the RUN Powered by ADP mobile platform, we can now process payroll securely over a mobile device, no matter where our busy schedules take us.” Hopefully, Scott is not processing payroll while driving around in his car on vacation.

The article also references a 2010 nationwide survey conducted by ADP Research Institute that found that small businesses are leading the trend toward increased mobility, with 90% of small business executives out of the office an average of 23% of the time per 40-hour work week.

Since ADP released its app, other providers have announced mobile offerings for HR services as well, which include:

  • Raet’s iPhone and iPad app for gross and net payment calculations and accessing jobs and news from Raet (March 2011)
  • Manpower’s mobile recruitment app for candidates and recruiters (February 2011)
  • Wipro and McGraw-Hill’s partnership to develop “mConnect,” an open-standard mobile learning (m-learning) platform targeted at low-income, rural, and otherwise underserved students and workers in emerging markets (January 2011)
  • Buck Consultants’ (subsidiary of ACS, a Xerox Company) two iPhone apps for health and insurance information: Benefits Genie Lite and Benefits Genie, which give individuals the ability to set future appointment reminders and track health and insurance information (November 2010).

Other providers to launch mobile apps include SourceRight Solutions, Kenexa, and The RightThing.

Out of the necessity to provide payroll services, I think we will continue to see increased mobile payroll for processing payslips, viewing payslips, and performing other associated functions such as direct deposit.  In general, mobile offerings for other HR service lines including benefits, recruitment, and learning will be more gradual to take off because they are not as time-sensitive as payroll.  I believe that mobile recruitment will take off but initially more so for hiring managers to approve job requisitions when out of the office and candidates to check on status of jobs they are submitting for.  M-learning will initially be for more self-paced learning to access content and as I stated last fall in my blog I do believe benefits mobile apps will be important for accessing benefits information, including doctors and other medical care providers for such instances when you are on vaction and an emergency arises or as Pete Townshend would say for when you are Going Mobile.

Gary Bragar, Lead HRO Analyst, NelsonHall

Mid-Market HRO is Hitting the Big Time

February 25, 2011

HR BPO has historically been targeted to and bought by large organizations.  However, the mid-market, defined by NelsonHall as 500 – 15,000 employees, is rapidly gaining traction.  How so?  In NelsonHall’s Targeting RPO Market Analysis, that was published this week, mid-market RPO grew from c. 1/5 of total revenue in 2008 to c. 1/3 in 2010.  The rapid growth is the result of mid-market clients looking to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Reducing the costs of HR services
  • Improving service delivery, including standardization of technology and consistency of process across lines of business and geography
  • Gaining access to better technology that clients may not be able to invest in themselves
  • Taking advantage of expertise and knowledge of best practices.

In fact, many HRO providers have introduced solutions or made acquisitions specifically for the mid-market.  In RPO, SourceRight Solutions launched RPO One for the small to medium-sized (SMB) market in December 2010.  Targeted at organizations with 100 – 5,000 employees, RPO One provides clients with a dedicated account manager and team focused on the SMB market.  It also has a pre-configured Peopleclick ATS (applicant tracking system) bundled with SourceRight’s reporting and analytics platform and Avature’s customer relationship management (CRM) system that includes social recruiting.

In payroll, NorthgateArinso recently launched agoHRa, a payroll solution for companies with up to 500 employees per country.  agoHRa can be used as a standalone local payroll solution or as part of a multi-country solution.  It can also be linked into NorthgateArinso’s euHReka platform.

In benefits, Aon Hewitt’s acquisition of RealLife HR was an early example of a provider expanding its services, particularly health and welfare benefits administration, to employers with fewer than 15,000 employees and/or retirees.  Mercer rolled out its Enterprise Momentum service to help mid-market employers gain an advantage navigating the insurance broker market.  In addition, Mercer acquired Innovative Process Administration in 2010 for its recordkeeping and enrollment technology as part of its growth plan in the health and benefits mid-market outsourcing space.

In learning, IBM is targeting the mid-market with a new offering, Smart Business Learning Services, a cloud-based solution with quick implementation and variable pricing.  Although it’s geared toward the mid-market, it offers all the services and functionality of an LMS for the large market.  IBM has also recently launched Smart Business Learning Content Services for the mid-market, which is delivered on the cloud as well and priced on a per user basis.

NelsonHall continues to see and capture mid-market HRO contract wins in our tracking service, providing evidence of success with this market.  Consequently, expect HRO providers to continue to launch offerings with cloud-age technology, services, and cost points that will finally bring mid-market HRO into the big time.

Gary Bragar, Lead HRO Analyst, NelsonHall