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  • Benefits Administration Vendors Need to Demonstrate Expertise & Strong Technology to Win New Clients

    Feb 22, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

    NelsonHall’s latest Benefits Administration Services NEAT vendor evaluation included customer interviews to ascertain current satisfaction levels and future expectations across a range of criteria. Below is a selection of some of the findings from our interviews with benefits administration customers.   Principal issues & operational priorities Some of the more prominent issue[...]

  • Facts & Implications of Aon Hewitt’s Sale to Blackstone

    Feb 16, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Last week Aon Hewitt announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell nearly all the businesses within its Outsourcing segment (including benefits administration, HR BPO, and Workday cloud HR services) to Blackstone. Initially, it may appear that this is a step backwards from some of its prior acquisitions, including Hewitt in 2010 for benefits administration, Exult in 2004 for HR B[...]

  • HRO: A Year in Review & 2017 Preview

    Jan 06, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Following several years of growth, the HR outsourcing market continues to ride the crest of the wave, and is gearing up for a prosperous 2017 following investments across all service lines. We will shortly be publishing an in-depth blog on HRO predictions for 2017, but first I take a quick look at what happened in 2016 to lay the foundations for things to come, specifically in payroll services[...]

  • OneSource Virtual’s Global Workforce Administration Initiative Set to Fuel Growth

    Oct 20, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

      One of the top HR initiatives for organizations has been to replace legacy on-premise systems with cloud-based technology. In fact, as of Q4 2015, ~44% of organizations have moved core HR to the cloud according to PWC’s annual HR Technology Survey. This trend will not only continue, but will naturally expand to other HR functions, including payroll, followed by time and at[...]

  • A Closer Look at Benefits Administration in H1 2016: Part 3

    Sep 29, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    In the third and final blog in the series examining the benefits administration market, I take a quick look at what health & welfare (H&W) services vendors have done recently to improve the participant experience. Historically, choice within employer-sponsored health plans has been limited, and the need to provide an engaging participant experience was non-existent. Employers’[...]

  • A Closer Look at Benefits Administration in H1 2016: Part 2

    Sep 19, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    NelsonHall’s Targeting Benefits Administration Services market analysis report, which will be published later this month, finds that the top driver for organizations outsourcing benefits administration is to improve the participant experience. Accordingly, both retirement and health & welfare (H&W) services vendors have been investing heavily in their respective areas to enhance [...]

  • A Closer Look at Benefits Administration in H1 2016: Part 1

    Sep 13, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    In this, the first of three blogs on the current benefits administration outsourcing market, I take a brief look at what’s been happening in H1 2016. Benefits administration accounted for ~40% of HRO contract activity in the first half of 2016, with a heavy emphasis on renewals and contract extensions. Approximately 90% of contracts were from private sector organizations, with a stron[...]

  • Highlights & Trends in the HRO Market in H1 2016

    Aug 03, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

      As earnings are released, it’s a good time to reflect on HR outsourcing trends by key service line. Here’s a brief round-up of market activity across payroll, RPO, and learning services in H1 2016. Payroll Payroll activity has been bustling in Europe YTD, with a strong emphasis on ramping up capabilities. SD Worx made two acquisitions to accelerate its growth across[...]

  • One Year Check-In with Excelity Global: Diversifying APAC Business to Address Demand for Cloud Payroll

    Apr 22, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    It has been a year since private equity firm Everstone Capital purchased Aon Hewitt’s APAC payroll business. The most obvious change is the rebranding to Excelity Global, but behind the scenes, the company has been working hard to transform its payroll business to meet market demand. At the time of the acquisition, Excelity’s offering was focused solely on a full payroll services mo[...]

  • Approaches to Global Benefits Market Converge

    Apr 07, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Over the last few years, the global benefits market has continued to evolve as vendors have launched offerings to address the needs of multinationals. Essentially, there have been two main approaches: Providing global brokerage and consulting services Providing a global technology offering with optional local administration services. The global brokerage and consulting model has been [...]

  • Innovation is Key to Increasing Employee Engagement

    Mar 09, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    It’s no secret that employee engagement levels remain low. Gallup found that the number of employees engaged in the U.S. remained at around 32% in 2015 (13% worldwide). Furthermore, over the last five years, employee engagement levels have remained relatively consistent, floating between 29% and 32%. While there are many reasons why employees are disengaged, organizations need to be proac[...]

  • Consulting & Ongoing AMS Support: The Focus for Cloud-Based HR Services

    Feb 11, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    The cloud-based HR services offering contains many of the same services that traditional HR BPO/multi-process HRO (MPHRO) suppliers have provided, plus a few new components. Services can be divided into the three broad categories of pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment services: Pre-deployment services include HR cloud consulting, focusing largely on HR SaaS technology selection a[...]

  • Fidelity’s Private Health Exchange Offers Holistic Benefits Admin Experience for SMEs

    Feb 05, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    For the last year, Fidelity has quietly been operating Fidelity Health Marketplace, a private benefits exchange, for a small number of SMEs in Massachusetts and New York. Fidelity Health Marketplace is a natural progression for Fidelity, which has been providing H&W services to large market organizations since 1995. Fidelity Health Marketplace is a one-stop shop that assists companies with [...]

  • Aon Hewitt Tightens Strategic Focus, Expands Workday Cloud Capabilities

    Jan 26, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    For years, Aon Hewitt has been focused on strengthening its HR outsourcing capabilities around its principal offerings of benefits administration, HR BPO/multi-process HR outsourcing (MPHRO), and RPO services. However, over the last year, Aon Hewitt has sold several businesses as part of a larger restructuring plan: Payroll in Asia Pacific was acquired by Everstone Capital and is now operati[...]

  • HRO: 2015 Highlights & the Shape of Things to Come

    Nov 30, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    As the year winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on the significant activities in the HRO market in 2015 and consider the likely shape of things to come in 2016. Overall, HRO contract activity is up ~11% y/y in 2015.  Renewals and contract extensions account for 25% of that activity, vendor changes ~20%, and new deals 55%. Regional and global multi-country contracts continued[...]

  • European, Multi-Country & Selective Contracts Dominate 2015 Learning BPO Market

    Nov 03, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    The global learning BPO (LBPO) market was worth $2.9bn in 2014 and NelsonHall forecasts it to grow at 6.7% per annum, reaching $4bn by 2019. But what is the current pattern and nature of LBPO deals, and how are things changing? Recent LBPO activity has been largely from Europe, a trend which began to pick up in 2014. Activity is widespread across Europe, including the U.K., Germany, Nordics, De[...]

  • ADP Stays Focused on Client-Centric Innovation

    Sep 29, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    ADP recently held its seventh annual industry analyst event in NYC at its Innovation Lab in Chelsea, providing a current business update, news of recent developments, and insights on what’s to come.   Overall, there has been growth across ADP’s cloud-based platforms, including RUN, Workforce Now, Vantage HCM, and GlobalView HCM, with the total number of clients reaching ~5[...]

  • 2015 Activity Reveals Key Strategic Focus Areas for Benefits Administration in 2016

    Sep 21, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Though we’re only just into fall, the nature of activity in the Benefits Administration market in 2015 provides important pointers to key strategic focus areas in 2016. In the U.S., the emphasis will continue around Health & Welfare (H&W) services, stemming from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2015, tier two H&W specialists such as Businessolver and TASC launched ACA reporti[...]

  • ADP Integrates Private Exchange Offering in Holistic Approach to HCM

    Aug 07, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Over the last few years, ADP has ramped up its capabilities beyond payroll to focus on other areas of HR, including benefits administration and RPO, making it well-equipped to handle the main HR functions. This is important because many organizations, from SMEs to large companies, are looking to minimize the number of suppliers they deal with – though only if quality of service is not c[...]

  • Willis & Towers Watson Merger Creates Global Benefits Contender

    Aug 04, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    The recent merger of Willis Group and Towers Watson has created a global advisory and brokerage firm valued at $18bn. The deal was met with raised eyebrows by several financial analysts, who argued that Towers Watson shareholders were being short-changed in a deal with significant strategic risks, all for the benefit of revenue synergies and the tax savings that will result from moving its tax hea[...]

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