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9 out of 10 HR heads say that their human capital processes are completely overhauled at least every three years, according to new independent research commissioned by Employment Process Outsourcing specialist, Professional Staff Solutions. The cyclical nature of major overhauls, says Tony Borrill Managing Director of Professional Staff Solutions, puts unnecessary cost and disruption on HR professionals to find better and smarter ways to reduce costs and improve the quality of staff employed.

One area of particular concern is managing the processes associated with the increasing need to take on contract staff. 1 in 10 procurement managers in the UK’s biggest companies said that there had never been any reviews of processes linked to finding, hiring, training and paying contractors. 24% said they were not sure when any process overhauls had taken place to reflect changing market conditions.

Smarter organisations are now looking at outsourcing employment processes. “Employment Process Outsourcing makes strategic sense to organisations because it provides a measurable platform for continuous improvement without the need for massive upheavals,” says Borrill. “The fundamental issues facing HR remain constant. Looking for better cost efficiencies in the recruitment life cycle, more effective assessment and screening procedures and, vitally, staying abreast of legislation are all major concerns for the HR community,” he says.

Employment Process Outsourcing, designed to solve the very pressures placed on organisations to perform better, is already saving UK businesses millions of pounds a year. EPO lowers operational costs at the same time as improving the quality of hires and reducing exposure to the financial and legal risks associated with increasingly complex and changing face of employment legislation.

Notes to Editors
Quantitative Survey:
A total of 200 interviews were collected with HR and procurement heads in companies with at least 1200 employees. 100 interviews from each respondent group were completed. The resulting sample includes a variety of industry sectors. Interviews were conducted by telephone by Dynamic Markets Limited between 2nd and 18th February 2004. Before and during the interviews, respondents were not aware that PSS had commissioned the research. Respondents were offered a summary of the findings of the research in an exchange for their contribution to it.

About Professional Staff Solutions
Professional Staff Solutions (PSS) is the Employment Process Outsourcing business of the Professional Staff Group, a specialist staffing solutions provider with revenues in excess of £89 million. Its core business is the supply and management of large volumes of highly skilled technical staff into such industries as technology, telecommunications, automotive, aerospace, healthcare and the sciences. With over 20 years’ experience, its clients include British Telecom, EADS, Marconi, the MOD and Vodafone.

EPO is the means by which organisations outsource every aspect of the supply and management of skilled labour (contract and permanent) finding the right person, for the right job at the right time. The way it works makes it possible for organisations to save significant amounts of money while guaranteeing a better service for both hiring managers and candidates. Sophisticated management tools and metrics are used to ensure that skills supply and demand are properly aligned to the needs and culture of the business.

For further information, please contact:
Simon Larter/Dawn Flynn
Motive Public Relations
Tel: +44 118 988 0773
Andy Cowie
Professional Staff Solutions
Tel: 0845 6589840

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