The BBC will announce the winning bid for its HR outsourcing contract this week, Personnel Today has learned.
Accenture, Capita and Xchanging are all in the running to take on part of the corporation's HR services.
The areas the BBC is looking to outsource are HR administration services, recruitment, remuneration, development, relocation, occupational health and disability access services.
The deal is the final major task of director of BBC People Stephen Dando before he departs for a new global HR role at information services giant Reuters.
Outsourcing expert Anthony Hesketh, from Lancaster University Management School, has called on Dando to choose Xchanging.
Writing in Personnel Today last month, he said: "At just five years old and with only 3,000 employees, its offering would be shaped by the BBC's HR team, who might otherwise simply be obliterated in the name of improving the bottom line."