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Developing a strategy for outsourcing HR services

“Outsourcing is a hard thing to do well…  And if you get it wrong, the costs to put it right could dwarf any potential savings…get some help.  There is now a thriving community of people with strong experiences to lean on, and there is no need to go through this alone”.  


A leading energy utility company asked PA to review its HR function’s performance, cost and services, as a basis for developing a series of options for the future of HR services delivery. The project included an assessment of which activities to outsource, comparing in-house and outsourced options and investigating whether outsourcing to one large provider or to several niche providers would be preferable. 

PA assessed the cost/benefit profile of in-house and outsourced models, the technology and service assumptions underpinning these options, and the issues and key risks, based on the company’s future business strategy.  A recommendation to outsource a defined package of HR services was made and PA provided independent advice throughout the procurement process.  A 7+ year contract was awarded 12 months later covering workforce administration, payroll, employee services, reward management, performance management and succession planning.

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