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Outsourcing Human Resources Functions
There are several
advantages to utilizing one of the many HR outsourcing agencies
established in the UK, including cost containment and efficient data
management. Outsourcing companies can manage several aspects of the
HR process and can be used for HR functions, ranging from hiring and
firing to recruiting and business coaching.
A number of firms in the UK advertise the benefits of outsourcing,
including established firms such as J Mann Associates in Salisbury,
enlighten HR in Swindon and Peripheral Partners in Leeds. Such firms
are designed and managed specifically to work in partnership with UK
based companies to provide staffing and HR resources, allowing those
companies to concentrate on expanding their business and increasing
While some HR outsourcing firms handle only large market companies
and government agencies, many more outsourcing agencies are geared
toward the small and mid-level markets. Outsourcing agencies handle
the repetitive tasks of HR that can be managed outside of the
company without compromising the safety and security of employee
In addition to maintaining employee records and data entry tasks,
outsourcing agencies in the UK can also provide HR management for
companies who do not need to hire a full-time, in-house HR director
but do need guidance with HR decisions and employment law.
Employment law can be a tricky, ever changing issue for any HR
director to manage. Outsourcing agencies can provide current UK
specific information and continuing updates as employment law in the
UK changes. Some agencies will even provide, for a fee, quarterly
retraining for HR directors and employees.
While there are significant cost advantages to outsourcing HR
functions, there are also cautionary warnings to be considered.
There is some loss of control involved with outsourcing company HR
functions. Great care must be taken when researching and choosing an
outsourcing agency to handle any HR function. The best way to ensure
safety and security of employee information is to only choose a
registered and accredited agency. There are associations that will
offer a recommendation or verify any outsourcing agency’s
certifications. Also be sure to choose a company with verifiable
recommendations and reviews; generally established, tenured
companies will provide the best knowledge and service.