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Does my business need RPO?

4th September 2023

To stay competitive in today’s business landscape, attracting and retaining top talent is essential. Finding the right candidates, managing recruitment process, and ensuring a smooth onboarding experience are significant tasks that demand both time and resources. This is where Recruitment Process Outsourcing comes into play. RPO offers a strategic solution for businesses of all sizes to optimize recruitment processes and business success.

What is RPO?

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is where an organisation transfers some or all of its recruitment activities to an external service provider ( for example Seven). They then assume responsibility for managing and executing the recruitment process on behalf of the organisation.

Signs that your business needs RPO

High volume recruitment needs:

If your business frequently hires a large number of employees or experiences peaks in hiring, an RPO partnership can effectively handle the workload without overwhelming your internal team, RPO providers possess the expertise, technology, and resources required to manage high-volume recruitment needs efficiently.

Limited internal recruitment resources:

Small businesses or organisations with limited internal recruitment resources often struggle to attract qualified candidates and manage the hiring process effectively, RPO providers can fill this gap, offering specialised expertise, technology- driven solutions, and a broader network to tap into.

Limited recruitment technology:

Recruitment technologies play a crucial role in maximising efficiency and improving the overall candidate experience. However, smaller businesses may not have the budget or resources to invest in advanced recruiting technologies. These partnerships often offer access to advanced applicant tracking systems, candidate assessment tools, and other cutting-edge technologies that can significantly enhance your recruitment process.

definition of RPO


RPO allows you to tap into the specialised knowledge and resources of expert recruitment professionals such as Seven. RPO providers possess industry-specific expertise, access to extensive candidate networks, advanced sourcing tools, and recruitment technologies that may not be available elsewhere.

Cost efficiency:

RPO can provide cost savings by reducing recruitment costs associated with advertising, candidate sourcing, agency fees, technology investments, and internal recruitment staff. RPO providers leverage their expertise, economies of scale, and recruitment technologies to enhance efficiency and lower overall recruitment expenses.

Scalability and flexibility:

RPO solutions are designed to adapt to the changing needs of your business. Whether you need assistance during high-volume hiring periods or required ongoing recruitment support. RPO services can scale up or down accordingly, providing the flexibility necessary to meet your specific requirements.

Improved time-to-fill:

RPO providers streamline the recruitment process, helping to reduce the time it takes to fill open positions. This accelerated time-to-fill ensures that critical roles are not left vacant for extended periods, minimizing disruptions to our business operations.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing can be a game-changer for businesses looking to optimise their recruitment efforts, improve candidate experience, and achieve long-term growth. If your business struggles with high-volume recruitment needs, limited internal resources, difficulty finding top talent, or lacks advanced recruitment technology, exploring an RPO partnership might be the right move. Consider the specific needs and goals of your organisation and conduct through research to identify reputable RPO providers that align with your business objectives.

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