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Nikki Edwards

Nikki is a Principal Research Analyst at NelsonHall, where she has shared global responsibility for HR Services programs with Gary Bragar and Pete Tiliakos. Nikki covers HR Services research in the areas of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Managed Service Programs (MSP), Total Talent, and Learning.

Nikki 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.

Her current project is Learning Services: Transforming the Way the Workplace Learns.

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 an 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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    • 2021: The Year of the Human Cloud

      Oct 07, 2020, by Nikki Edwards

        Quarterly financial reports for 2020 (April onwards) from recruitment organizations show that in a COVID-19 world, temporary hiring is more resilient than permanent hiring, faring on average about 10-30% better (albeit both types of hiring are seeing negative growth overall). Meanwhile[...]

    • Digital Talent Acquisition Helps Survival in an Uncertain World of Work

      Jul 23, 2020, by Nikki Edwards

        Everyone speculates as to what the long-term world of work could look like as we head into the second half of 2020 and beyond. But the reality is that we don’t really know how things will pan out. While organizations might be preparing for an uptick in hiring activity behind the [...]

    • Allegis Global Solutions: Leveraging Technology for Recruitment in a COVID-19 World

      May 04, 2020, by Nikki Edwards

        My initial research into Impact of COVID-19 on Recruitment Services: Vendor Perspective (March 2020) highlighted several stand-out dilemmas that client organizations face. Notably, some organizations need to continue hiring and the only way to do so is by embracing technology (sometime[...]

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