As part of its annual Workforce Solutions Buyer Survey, SIA asks companies about their use of supplier management strategies, including recruitment process outsourcing, vendor management systems and managed service providers.

Through 2011, VMS and MSP had gained traction at a rapid clip. Since then, however, the share of companies using MSP has plateaued, while the share using VMS has picked up in recent years. The increased usage of VMS may be a function of “VMS-lite” solutions that are marketed to companies with smaller programs, which have been a relatively untapped terrain for VMS in the US.

After several years of increased use, the trend in recruitment process outsourcing has stalled, as the recruiting environment in the US has become more and more difficult.