Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), a segment of outsourcing, is defined as a technique of delegating responsibility of a range of business processes to third-party service provider for a fixed consideration. Rapid increase in the size and scope of BPO industry is attributed to the growing desire of global businesses to rationalize costs and address issues such as shortage of skilled personnel. Various benefits offered by BPO including cost reduction, improved customer services, better focus on core businesses, competitive capabilities, and speed to market, have encouraged enterprises to adopt the outsourcing model. The BPO industry has been witnessing rise in smaller deals, hybrid offshoring, larger governance needs and reduced cost consultancy models. Concepts such as robotic process automation, SaaS, and cloud computing have transformed BPO practices, leading to better operational effectiveness and productivity.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) estimated at US$164.7 Billion in the year 2022, is projected to reach a revised size of US$215.9 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the analysis period. Customer Services, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 4.2% CAGR and reach US$69.4 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Human Resources segment is readjusted to a revised 4.5% CAGR for the next 7-year period. Customer services BPO includes outsourcing services aimed at offering support for client’s customer care operations as well as business processes pertaining to the customer contact center. This segment has now emerged as a major approach to deal with advanced, value-added functions that include customer care and analytics, consulting and implementation, and training and support. Human Resources (HR) BPO or HRO refers to the integrated operation and delivery of several HR processes, which are performed by a service provider on a contract basis. Common services covered as part of HRO contracts include employee benefits, payroll, recruitment, compliance, and training and development.
The U.S. Market is Estimated at $69.2 Billion in 2022, While China is Forecast to Reach $6.8 Billion by 2026
The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) market in the U.S. is estimated at US$69.2 Billion in the year 2022. China, the world`s second largest economy, is forecast to reach a projected market size of US$6.8 Billion by the year 2026 trailing a CAGR of 6.1% over the analysis period. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 3.5% and 3.9% respectively over the analysis period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 5.4% CAGR. Like other commercial enterprise functions, outsourcing was first conceptualized and implemented in the developed nations, which continue to wield immense authority in the worldwide BPO industry, even after attaining significant maturity. Outsourcing model is widely deployed across various business functions including accountancy, HR, production, customer relations, logistics, and warehouse management etc., as a cost-, time- and resource-saving method. Currently, the US constitutes the largest consumer of BPO services. The presence of a large number of companies with geographically dispersed business operations/units and employees in Latin America and Asia would enhance the demand for outsourcing services. Financial services and telecom industries are expected to offer potential opportunities for service providers in these regions.