More Corporations are Using Technology to Manage Contingent Labor

Oct 25, 2011, 08:00 ET from Staffing Industry Analysts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Staffing Industry Analysts surveyed 42 of the world's largest VMS/MSP companies for its annual 2011 VMS and MSP Competitive Landscape report. Now in its fifth year, the VMS and MSP Competitive Landscape report is part of Staffing Industry Analysts CWS Council Service and provides the most detailed and comprehensive insight into the experience, positioning, and capabilities of VMS and MSP suppliers.

The report revealed that corporations continue to become more sophisticated at managing temporary labor as well as other forms of services. The report shows a significant and continued increase in the use of technology. The complexity of the techniques applied by services providers has evolved to such a point that companies are now expanding their programs globally and including non-traditional labor categories such as Statement of Work (SOW) project services or high end consulting engagements through their vendor management systems (VMS).

One of the most important indicators of the report is spend under management. Spend under management is best defined as the total spend under management of all VMS and Managed Service Providers (MSP). This is the spend of contingent (temporary) labor that is being managed by a technology or alternative service.

Spend under management captured in the report grew from $66 billion in 2009 to $83.7 billion in 2010, a 26.8% increase. This reflects the strong growth that providers in the space have experienced as well as growing interest in the report from providers. Staffing Industry Analysts' research shows that companies of all sizes, in just about every industry, are utilizing MSP and VMS providers to manage their contingent workforce programs, and the penetration of MSP and VMS spend in the staffing market continues to increase. The report covers spend across the globe including the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands and France, some of the largest staffing markets in the world as well as developing markets such as Brazil, India or China.

Companies participating in the survey included:

Acro Service

Adecco Solutions


Advantage xPO



AMN Healthcare

Ariba Inc.

Bartech Inc.


Contract Central

Cross Country Healthcare

Contingent Workforce Solutions

DCR Workforce Inc.

Elevated Resources

Emptoris Inc.

Fieldglass Inc.

Guidant Group


IQNavigator Inc.






NextSource Inc.



Populus Group

Pro Unlimited

Provade Inc



SourceRight Solutions

USG People



Work Nexus




Many of these companies are owned by the largest staffing companies such as Adecco's ownership of Beeline and Manpower's ownership of Tapfin.

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