Shatter the Myth: RPO is all or nothing

The prospect of outsourcing any – let alone all – of your recruitment requirements to someone who you’ve not worked with before can be an intimidating prospect. And when it comes to Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), it can be particularly scary.

But, as I’ve previously discussed, there’s a lot of misconceptions out there about RPO. Mention those three pesky little letters, and people often think of a complete end-to-end, full-scale outsource of all permanent recruitment. That’s a myth. To some extent, anyway. Don’t get me wrong, there are some ‘pure play’ RPOs out there. But there are alternative options out there too.

Your alternative outsourcing options

Let’s look at one of the alternatives. Perhaps you’re thinking about outsourcing at some stage, but don’t want to outsource everything. Maybe you have a great internal team, but they’re stretched to capacity and can’t take on any more work during times of increased business demand. If that sounds like your organisation, then a Project RPO could be the answer.

A project-based RPO addresses a seasonal or business need for large-scale ramp up – either event-based or volume hiring. It can be enterprise-wide, or for a specific skill set, location or business unit specific. Wherever your requirements lie, a Project RPO covers short-term requirements to ramp up permanent recruitment.

Take our work with a national food retailer as an example. When they were opening 160 new stores nationwide, we were tasked with managing the recruitment process for this large scale ramp-up. We turned things around very quickly, and our solution was fully operational within six weeks. With an integrated multi-channel targeted attraction campaign, we attracted 150,000+ applications, conducted 24,000+ telephone interviews, invited 10,000+ individuals to an assessment day or interview, and made 2,100 new hires with a 100% fulfilment success rate.

Realise the benefits of a Project RPO

A Project RPO provides all the benefits of a full-scale outsource. That means a dedicated team, white-labelled delivery, scalability, flexibility, improved candidate experience, employer brand management, and more. But, most importantly, you get all of these benefits without the need for a long-term, contractual commitment. Essentially, it allows a buying organisation to dip their toes in the RPO ocean and test the water temperature, before jumping in.

If you think this kind of RPO solution would be worth considering for your organisation, then you ought to know about ManpowerGroup Solutions. We deliver Project RPOs, end-to-end RPOs, RPO consulting, and plenty more besides. And we’re really good at it. In fact, industry analysts Everest Hall named us as a global leader for six years in a row. And Nelson Hall as named us the largest RPO provide for four consecutive years too.

You can find out more about our Recruitment Process Outsourcing capabilities our website, or feel free to get in touch with me directly for more information.