BT and Andersen Consulting got the green light for their HR outsourcing joint venture, e-peopleserve, last week.
The European competition authorities approved their plans to set up the company, which will sell electronically-based HR services to the UK’s biggest employers, (Personnel Today, 27 June).
BT claims to have cut its HR costs by half using such systems and believes other companies can do the same.
The service will be based on individuals and line managers carrying out their own HR administration through their PCs.
They will access the system through the Web or the company’s intranet. A call centre and a team of HR caseworkers will provide a back-up service.
“HR directors will be able to be more focused, more strategic and it will move the HR function forward,” said e-peopleservice’s vice-president of business development James Heath.