Professional Employer Organization Services Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Favorable pricing trends, a positive market structure and low market risk benefit buyers of professional employer organization services in pricing negotiations. For these reasons and to help procurement professionals make better buying decisions faster, business intelligence firm IBISWorld has added a report on the procurement of Professional Employer Organization Services to its growing collection of procurement category market research reports.

Professional employer organization (PEO) services have a buyer power score of 4.0 out of 5, reflecting favorable pricing trends, positive market structure and low market risk. “This higher score indicates that buyers will have significant leverage in negotiating lower prices and package deals where additional features or products are included,” according to IBISWorld procurement analyst Andrew Yang.

Substitutes for PEO services are widely available. Companies can perform employee management tasks in-house by hiring human resources personnel. They can also use administrative service outsourcing, meaning the tasks are still outsourced but employment does not change from the buyer. “The existence of these substitutes is favorable because they enable buyers to negotiate lower prices by comparing the price of PEO services with substitute prices,” says Yang. Market share concentration is also fairly low due to the customization of the product and low barriers to entry.

Recent pricing trends have been favorable for buyers as few businesses have been created and the unemployment rate remains somewhat high. As the economy improves, however, new businesses are expected to be created and the unemployment rate is expected to fall. In addition, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will increase the complexity and cost of providing employees with insurance. As a result, demand for PEOs is expected to increase significantly. Nevertheless, prices are expected to be stable due to the wide availability of substitutes. However, buyers can still negotiate cost savings by asking for unbundled rates where prices for individual services are separated. Buyers can then choose just the services they require.

Market risks are fairly low for buyers because most PEOs are financially stable and do not have high risks for bankruptcy. Supply chain risks are also fairly low because they are not dependent on any critical inputs that can disrupt the delivery of PEO services. Price volatility has also been low, indicating that buyers do not have to worry about price shocks. These market risks provide security for buyers expecting to form long-term relationships with PEO service providers. Major suppliers include Insperity Inc., Automatic Data Processing Inc., Paychex Inc. and Oasis Outsourcing Holdings Inc.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to help buyers of professional employer organization (PEO) services. Companies use PEOs to outsource employee management responsibilities, helping to cut down costs and complexity. PEOs form a co-employment relationship with their clients where the PEO becomes the legal employer of the client’s employees and assumes various functions for the company. PEOs manage and administer four main functions: payroll, workers compensation, employee benefits and human resources.

Executive Summary
Pricing Environment
Price Fundamentals
Benchmark Price
Pricing Model
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast
Product Characteristics
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Substitute Goods
Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Competitive Environment
Market Share Concentration
Market Profitability
Switching Costs
Purchasing Process
Buying Basics
Buying Lead Time
Selection Process
Key RFP Elements
Negotiation Questions
Buyer Power Factors
Key Statistics

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