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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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  • NGA HR’s Digital Strategy is All About the eXperience

    Nov 30, 2017, by Nikki Edwards

      NelsonHall recently attended NGA HR’s Analyst and Adviser Summit in Amsterdam. The event set out NGA’s new business strategy, which is to make HR work better through digital transformation. At its core, NGA HR wants to offer next-generation enterprise HR and payroll service[...]

  • Five UNLEASHed HR Tech Ideas from HRTechWorld

    Oct 31, 2017, by Nikki Edwards

      Last week’s HRTechWorld in Amsterdam, or UNLEASH as it now known, did not disappoint, my only regret being that two days wasn’t enough time to see everything and meet everyone I wanted to. As well as the established vendors being present, sharing their new product updates, [...]

  • Hungry for Hungary? Why the Country’s Talent Feast is Attracting International Investment

    Sep 27, 2017, by Nikki Edwards

      I was privileged to be invited recently to a customer and analyst event in Budapest, Hungary hosted by Cielo. Great, I thought – I’ve never been there, maybe I’ll see the Danube and a few historic buildings. And from that perspective, Budapest did not disappoint; it w[...]

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