Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | Outsourcing News |
As a result of the global economic slowdown, the outsourcing sector’s growth was not as brisk compared to the previous years. Earlier in the year, the CICT pegged industry growth at a cautious 35% this year, conservative considering that the local outsourcing industry was averaging an annual growth clip of well above 40% in the past.
And with customers and locators feeling the pinch of decreased customer demand, the economic pinch put a damper on growth in 2009. However, industry expert and the author of award winning outsourcing blog Phil Fersht of www.fersht.typepad.com says the industry is poised for a huge comeback in 2010. This is because appetite for BPO services will undoubtedly rise and will rise strongly through the recession.
In a blog entry titled 2010 Predictions for the Outsourcing Industry, Fersht outlined some of the outsourcing areas that may see a marked improvement next year.
“BPO will have its strongest year ever. As our soon-to-be released new survey is revealing, transactional finance and accounting BPO will have a resurgence in 2010, with additional interest in management reporting, and we'll also see a fresh wave or HR outsourcing, which has been quiet for a couple of years now, with new uptake in payroll, benefits admin and recruiting outsourcing. Procure-to-pay outsourcing is poised to accelerate, together with renewed focus in the analytics space across several verticals and horizontal areas,” he said.
As an emerging and preferred outsourcing hub, Philippine based BPOs may yet see a resurgence of demand for their services, and may also see opportunities within the new growth areas within the realm of outsourcing.
Fersht counsels companies to take a first mover stance and come out of the gates blazing to take advantage of opportunities in 2010.
“It’s time to roll-out the new corporate agenda: quickly and aggressively. 2010 will not be a year for the timid, and we'll have a lot of frantic people trying to grapple with outsourcing - we'll see more political pressure, more negativity, more case-studies, more value propositions, more momentum and more energy than we've seen yet in this crazy industry,” he said.
This prediction from a well respected resource within the outsourcing industry bodes well for BPOs, and will be much felt in the Philippines, where outsourcing remains a sunrise industry. The country’s highly qualified and skilled labor will be a good leverage to gain more contracts within the specialized realms Fersht mentioned above, leading to more job generation and the fast tracking of critical infrastructure projects critical to the outsourcing industry.