Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) is just above ten years old; the progeny of human resource outsourcing as corporations found that recruiting posed a significant cost to their staffing needs. However, RPO has evolved into much more than just outsourcing the recruiting to an outside RPO service provider. RPO is a partnership between a company with recruiting needs (RPO buyer) and a company with recruiting services (RPO provider) in which the RPO buyer’s brand is being promoted instead of the provider’s.
Recruitment Process Outsourcing first appeared in the United-States when human resource outsourcing became more prevalent back in the 1980’s and 90’s. As companies began to look at outsourcing functions such as taxes and employee benefits, it became clear that recruitment was a significant cost to HR and that has to be minimized for improving benefits. Recruitment Process Outsourcing is now well spread and highly accepted especially in the Anglo-saxon countries. Reason for this is that the volume of recruitment is very volatile and this is a challenge in the normally quite steady world of Human Resources. A great advantage of RPO is that it can be deployed quickly; that is a new way of acquiring talent.
Recruitment process outsourcing is an important strategic management decision for organizations of all sizes. Moving internal recruitment processes to external service providers requires oversight and investment. Here are some of the essential recruitment services an RPO provider offers:
- Candidate sourcing
- Project compliance management
- HR reporting and auditing
- Recruitment process training
- Recruitment planning
- Technology consulting
- Vendor management
RPO providers deliver talent on demand or handle the recruitment process, all the way from identifying candidates to onboarding. Partnering with an RPO services provider who can offer varying levels of project deliverable can benefit the client/company. Depending on what functions the service provider manages, these deliverables can include the following:
- Rapid talent deployment
- Project-specific staffing
- Short-term contract staffing
- Project tracking and compliance
- Technology-specific skill acquisition