The BBC has whittled down the list of companies bidding to run part of its HR services down to eight.
The latest stage of the procurement process, which formally began in July, has seen Accenture, Capita, Convergys, Excellerate HRO, Hewitt, IBM, Northgate and Xchanging taken through to the next round.
The areas which the BBC is looking for a supplier or suppliers to undertake are recruitment, remuneration, development, HR administration services, relocation, occupational health services, and disability access services.
Stephen Dando, director at BBC People, said: "I am delighted with the really positive response we have received from the market to our advert for the partial outsourcing of services within BBC People.
"During the next phase of the process there will be a rigorous evaluation of not only the expertise and operations of these bidders, but their culture and fit with the BBC - this is a crucial part of our evaluation."
The preference is to award one contract for all of the services, however the BBC will award more than one contract where it is deemed commercially advantageous to do so, or where this is necessary to achieve the required service standards.
Final negotiations are expected to take place at the end of this year and the contract with the successful supplier is due to become operational from spring 2006.