Baker’s Dozen: Top RPO Firms Listed

Who’s the top RPO? There are 13 of them, according to the Baker’s Dozen list in the latest issue of HRO Today magazine.

At the top, and placing first in the “Quality of Service” category for the third time in a row, is SourceRight Solutions. Formerly part of Spherion and now owned by SFN Group, Inc., SourceRight has a global reach with 900 of its own or network partner offices around the world.

Besides getting high grades from its customers for its service, the company also scored near the top for the breadth of the services it offers and for the size of its deals. According to SourceRight, it made more than 50,000 hires last year and can provide every level of RPO and vendor management service.

Second on the list and very close to SourceRight is AdeccoRPO. Barely 4 percent in the overall scores separate the two companies. Indeed, Adecco has risen from 11th on the list two years ago to seventh last year and now is within just eight points of claiming the top quality-of-service spot.

In third place is Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-headquartered firm that is most active outside the U.S. It has major offices in Hong Kong and Melbourne. The firm, whose breadth of service ranked it highest of the 13 RPOs on the list, does business in 60 countries with a staff of 1,000.

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Next up is TheRightThing, an Ohio RPO that also owns AIRS, giving it a training arm and the AIRS technology to complement its full-service recruitment outsourcing business. With 190,000 hires last year, TheRightThing has the most placements of the firms on the list that shared their metrics.

Rounding out the top is Pinstripe. Its rise has been nothing if meteoric. Barely five years old, Pinstripe first made the Baker’s Dozen list two years ago. Now making its third appearance, the Wisconsin firm missed claiming the fourth spot by a hair. It offers the full-range of RPO services and placed almost 40,000 workers in 2009.

The rest of the thirteen, in order are: Kenexa, PeopleScout, KellyOCG, AON RPO, Manpower Business Solutions, Futurestep, Talent2, and Hudson.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

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