3 Types of Recruitment Process Outsourcing: Choosing the RPO That’s Best for You

Over the past several years, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) has become an increasingly popular recruitment solution. Some of the primary advantages of RPO—flexibility, scalability, and speed—have resonated deeply with organizations as they ramp up their workforces.

In today’s ever-changing labor market, organizations are struggling to find talent. Demographic shifts and an aging population are causing worker shortages that have impacted companies nationwide. Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Indeed, states, “It is a fundamental error to think that as COVID-19 recedes, hiring difficulties will evaporate. Deep-seated and long-term supply dynamics will continue to be a major force that creates a persistent gap between employer demand for new hires and the supply of candidates.” And at the same time, as HR and talent acquisition departments are stretched thin, organizations have looked to align with third-party RPO providers to outsource these recruitment responsibilities.

RPO is not a one-size fills all solution. When examining recruitment process outsourcing, companies should be aware of three types of RPO. Our Broadleaf team summarizes each to help you determine which model is best suited for your organization.

  1. On-demand RPO

Flexibility and scalability are the name of the game when it comes to RPO. In today’s challenging economic environment, businesses are laying off workers leaving talent acquisition departments with reduced resources. The on-demand model can provide a dedicated recruiting resource when you need an extra set of hands to integrate with your team seamlessly. If your organization experiences seasonal hiring spikes—such as around the holidays or during the summer—an on-demand RPO program can strategically support these recruiting needs with ease. On-demand RPO is designed to handle specific transactional hiring process components—such as sourcing, applicant screening, phone interviews, or offer management. Read an on-demand RPO client success story here.

  1. Project-based RPO

Does your organization carry a dedicated TA team but is seeking outside recruitment support to help augment specific roles? Look no further than project-based RPO. Whether your company is changing strategy, launching a new product or service, or expanding in size, it helps to have more workers on hand. With project-based RPO, you’ll gain access to a team of recruiters that can help you scale your workforce correctly to address these alterations to your business. Read a project-based client success story here.

  1. Enterprise RPO

Enterprise RPO—or full talent lifecycle RPO—enables organizations to outsource all aspects of their recruiting solution. From initial candidate sourcing and screening efforts to conducting interviews and navigating the hiring process, your RPO provider will provide support and expertise every step of the way. This full-service RPO solution can enhance operational efficiencies, generate cost savings, and ensure greater compliance—all while improving candidate quality. If your organization needs to elevate its recruiting results, deploying an enterprise RPO model may be the answer. Read an enterprise RPO client success story here.

Total Talent (RPO + MSP) Management

In today’s uncertain climate, organizations recognize the importance and value of understanding and managing their total talent. Total Talent Management (TTM) involves the integration of both RPO and MSP (managed service program). This holistic approach to talent enables organizations to make strategic business decisions regardless of the resource type. Not only will your outsourced RPO firm handle all aspects of your permanent recruiting, but working with an MSP provider can also take the management of contingent labor off your hands. By blending multiple types of talent into an all-encompassing approach to workforce management, you will reap the benefits of a diversified—yet cohesive—solution. Read a total talent management client success story here.


Whether your organization is considering outsourcing some—or all—of its recruitment responsibilities, deploying a dedicated RPO program presents a practical step for your business. From seasonal support with an on-demand solution or full-service expertise through an enterprise program, dozens of RPO configurations can be tailored to your needs.

Interested in exploring recruitment process outsourcing but not sure where to start? Check out this E-Book to find out how to navigate RPO.  

Want to learn more about Broadleaf’s FlexRPO solution? Contact us today.

This blog was written by Joe O’Shea, Broadleaf’s Vice President of Client Delivery.