Only one UK employer in five outsources its recruitment activities, according to research.
Despite the increased use of outsourcing in other HR functions such as payroll, a survey of nearly 200 employers by Personnel Today's sister title IRS Employment Review shows that few have adopted this approach for resourcing activities.
For half of the employers that do not outsource recruitment it is viewed as simply too important a function to place with an external service provider. For four in 10 employers the issue has never been raised.
The rationale for outsourcing is often associated with the expected cost savings. In the IRS research this factor emerges as a major consideration influencing the decision to outsource or not.
This finding challenges the assumption that outsourcing will invariably lead to significant financial savings, the study said.
See Personnel Today, 27 September 2005, for a special feature on outsourcing