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Nikki Edwards

Nikki is a Principal Research Analyst at NelsonHall, with shared responsibility for HR Services research globally. Nikki covers HR Services research in the areas of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Managed Service Programs (MSP), and Payroll Outsourcing.

Nikki is part of NelsonHall's HR Services analyst team, which provides the most comprehensive and insightful coverage of HR services markets in the world. She is a highly experienced HR practitioner, with 27 years' experience in HR across industry sectors including Hi Tech, Telecoms, Retail/Warehousing, Travel & Hospitality, Facilities Management, Education, Manufacturing, Media, and Business Consultancy.

Nikki is currently working on a major global RPO project, Next Generation RPO - Helping Organizations Attract, Develop & Retain Talent, and has recently completed a major project on Next Generation MSP - The Impact of Talent Analytics.

Nikki has a wealth of operational experience across the entire HR function, including talent acquisition, talent development, employee engagement, employee relations, compensation, benefits, payroll, employment law, and HR systems. She also has significant experience in leading and managing business transformation/integration and cultural change projects, including outsourcing key business functions, accelerated growth via TUPE transfers, organization and process redesign, and M&A initiatives (including due diligence, rebranding, cultural realignment, and compensation and benefits changes).

Amongst Nikki's many achievements in HR, she has successfully established, managed, and led various international talent acquisition projects of up to 18 months' duration. This includes a second generation RPO project in which she was responsible for evaluating, shortlisting, and selecting a new global RPO vendor who went on to deliver significant business value and establish a long-term relationship with the client.

Prior to joining NelsonHall, Nikki has held interim HR consulting positions with PageGroup plc and Brightstart UK (owner/director), and senior positions with Displaydata, Cincom, CompuServe, and Sainsbury's.

Nikki holds an honors degree in Geography from Coventry University, and a MBA from Reading University. In her spare time, Nikki's many interests include volunteering, health & fitness (including running 5k, 10k, and half marathons), skiing, and travel.

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  • Meet Ari & Mya, the Talent Acquisition Virtual Assistants

    May 31, 2018, by Nikki Edwards

    With increasing pressure on organizations to find the best hires, talent acquisition (TA) teams are continuing to grow. And as more Gen Zs are joining the workforce for the first time, so too are the latest generation of virtual assistants or chatbots. Here I look at the early careers and future[...]

  • Why Digital Onboarding is Essential

    Apr 27, 2018, by Nikki Edwards

      Is your organization already struggling to find the best talent? If so, put yourself in the shoes of a candidate for a moment. Take a look at your organization’s employer branding on your website and social media pages. Do you think candidates would be impressed? Hopefully yes, b[...]

  • The Impact of VR & Gamification on Candidate Assessment

    Mar 28, 2018, by Nikki Edwards

      One of the things that was very clear from my visit to the UNLEASH HR industry event in London last week was that virtual reality and other interactive tech has arrived in the talent acquisition space in a big way. Here I look specifically at examples of how VR and gamification are hav[...]

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