As recently as two years ago, all new HRO trends came from the U.S. But fast-forward to November 2006, that will forever mark the date when the big HR transformation trends started on the east side of the Atlantic. Here are the four trends that made headlines from this year’s HRO World Europe Conference.
When we started HRO World Europe in November 2004, we felt just a slight bit imperialistic. Sure, we featured the big HRO deals from Great Britain—BP and BT. And we had our local partners, our friends from SharedXpertise in Brussels. But all the big trends, topics, and to-do’s were American.
To make outsourcing truly effective for ideal image, the hair-removal services company needed a razor-sharp provider that can accommodate its rapid growth.
Tampa, FL-based Ideal Image, founded in 2001, is a national laser hair removal clinic that has expanded to more than 50 sites across the U.S., with additional international locations. When I joined Ideal Image as CEO in 2004, I knew our growth potential was significant.
Why and how PEOs might win the race for the mid-market despite the resources and established presence of enterprise-wide HRO providers.
It should be obvious why PEOs ought to expand their service lines and reach outside the boundaries of the co-employer model: the market for the BPO model is gargantuan.
The Fifth annual largest and most authoritative listing of HR service providers.
In today’s HRO market, there are lots of vendors to choose from, and the HRO Today 2007 Resource Guide is solid proof of this. With more than 1,000 providers serving 18 categories, HR professionals have a variety of solutions that meet their functional, cost, and geographical needs. The selection process can be overwhelming indeed.
ROSELAND, New Jersey – August 17, 2006 -The Employer Services Division of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NYSE:ADP), today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Employease, Inc. a leading provider of web-based solutions and outsourcing options for HR and benefits professionals. The agreement follows a successful partnership between Employease and ADP Major Accounts Services, part of ADP Employer Services. The acquisition is expected to further expand ADP’s presence within the mid-market to fulfill a growing demand for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions.
In October 2004, ADP Major Accounts Services and Employease entered into a strategic partnership to provide medium-sized businesses with an integrated suite of web-based, hosted payroll, human resources, and benefit administration service solutions. Since then, ADP has sold, implemented and serviced Employease Network solutions under the brand name, ADP HR/Benefits Solutions.
"This acquisition will build on our combined strengths and business momentum," said Vince Coppola, President, ADP Major Accounts Services. "Combining Employease’s top-rated web-based business solutions with ADP’s industry leading payroll, HR, and benefit services enables our clients to address many of today’s most critical business issues, such as rising benefits costs, compliance and employee retention. We are excited to welcome Employease into the ADP family, and proactively meet the rapidly growing demand for hosted, on-demand services."
Four waves of industry evolution, the coming era of consolidation, and implications for your business. A look at the dynamic PEO marketplace.
More than a few heads turned in the week following Valentine’s Day this year, and it wasn’t just from the roses. On February 21, Nautic Partners announced that it had acquired Oasis Outsourcing, the largest privately-held professional employer organization (PEO) in the country. This announcement put into the forefront the quiet but growing consolidation wave beginning to sweep PEOs and the HRO sector.
Thousands gather annually in New York in the spring to get more than an academic discussion of outsourcing at NY HR Week. They get down and dirty with buyers, providers, and other industry thought leaders in an all-out, two-day HRO festival.
How do you capture and keep the attention of some 4,000 high-level HR professionals for two days? Try sending them to HRO World as this year’s NY HR Week, which encompasses HRO World, drew a record number of attendees and exhibitors.
HRO World’s chairman looks back at HRO World 2003-2005 and helps us look forward to 2006.
April 26 and 27 will represent either the last HRO World Conference in New York City of which I will be chairman, or not.
St. Petersburg, FL-based First Advantage, a global risk mitigation and business solutions provider, has acquired SkillCheck, Inc., an international pre-employment testing and educational skills assessment company. Following the recent acquisitions of applicant tracking software and recruiting services, First Advantage has created the Hiring Solutions Group within the employer services segment. This group will be led by Rick Mansfield, executive vice president of the Hiring Solutions Group, and former chief marketing officer of First Advantage Corporation.
Headquartered in Burlington, MA, SkillCheck serves thousands of organizations and more than 15,000 installed users worldwide. Since its inception in 1988, the company has provided skills testing products and services to staffing agencies, corporate human resources departments, training organizations, and schools.
“I am thrilled to be kicking off the year with the addition of advanced skills testing services to our employer services offering,” said John Long, chief executive officer of First Advantage Corporation. “This latest product expansion continues to solidify the depth and breadth of our services package for human resources professionals worldwide.”
North Carolina-based PEO Network has purchased the Aegis Group, which was founded by T. Joe Willey, an early pioneer of employee leasing, known today as professional employer organizations (PEOs).
PEO Network is a consulting firm to the HRO industry.
"We’re pleased and honored to continue the legacy of T. Joe Willey, he’s an icon in our industry," said Carrie Aaron, president of PEO Network.
PEO Network plans to market Aegis Group material through a new seminar series called "Agency HRO Solutions." This seminar will educate owners of insurance agencies on the synergies of adding an HRO division to their companies.
"Independent Insurance Agencies have the highest rate of long-term success in launching a PEO because the barriers to entry are currently very high and they bring the right tools to the business," Aaron said.
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