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Let us continue discussing which Outsourcing company in India has most valuable employees.

In last post we identified 3 companies

  • EXL
  • Genpact
  • WNS
as they are 3 biggest players in BPO space from India, majority of headcount is in India but all of them are listed in US, so their numbers are avaialble to anybody on their website and on the respective stock exchange.

One very interesting fact that emerges after comparing the revenue of the top 3 players is that the average revenue per employee for Genpact is around 35K US per annum that is far ahead of EXL and WNS. Om quick reverse calculation the average revenue per employee per hour for Genpact is $16.75 taking in consideration 22 working days and 8 hours a day month. The revenue per employee of WNS and EXL pales at 8.33 and 10.62 respectively.

Also point to note is that WNS is the only company in last quarter where income growth is slipping. While EXL and Genpact are growing at appx 30% per annum WNS had shown an income growth of negative 30%!

Maximum revenue per employee for BPO companies

Highest Dollars per employee for Top BPO companies

No wonder the investors in WNS are looking to sell heir stake. The other challenge that WNS is facing is that it has highest attrition rate of 33% as per their financial disclosures. Which basically means every third person in the company will probably leave within a year. That is finding a replacement for almost 8000 employees, that itself is a big drain on the resources. No wonder there margin is the lowest in the group at 3.46%. ( The FD rates now days are close to 7% depending on tenure).  The challenge with such thin margins is that with even a minor exchange rate fluctuation the company can go into losses.

What also appears from the  highest revenue per employee from Genpact is that the company has added more complex processes and is moving in a direction where it is able to charge a premium for its services compared to a few years ago. We think all the investment that Genpact is known for in making its employees in form of training seems to be paying well now.

The only saving grace here is that Convergys one of the largest US listed outsourcing company has margins of 2.21%, but please remember Convergys still does not have 75% of its workforce in India  compared to the Indian players.

Well we  hope this post has been able to help you understand how employees add value to the company and how companies can add long-term value to their top line by investing in their employees, and attrition remains the joker in the pack that can tilt the scale from profits to losses.

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Coming soon: A post on Captives or GICs as NASSCOM calls them.

 November 7, 2012  Posted by at 3:21 PM Business of BpO, Case Study Tagged with: , , ,

  5 Responses to “Who are the winners and laggards of third party BPO business ?”

  1. […] our post about the Winners and Laggards of the BPO business we mentioned that we will analyze Firstsource once the results are out and now is the right time to […]

  2. good analysis…no wonder all companies want to stop attrition…

    • thanks Sasha,,, attrition definitely impacts the margins and scaling up of an operation. When you have more seasoned employees the revenue tend to increase in processes where you bill on per transaction basis as seasoned employees should be giving better output.

  3. I think the high ARPE (per employee) has got to do with the internal operations of Genpact, the kind of facilities it has, how it reduces its employee or infrastructure overhead, how and when it pays for travel (TA/DA). No doubt the business contributes substantially.

    • Thanks Ravi the internal operations and TA/DA will impact the net margin (where also it is highest). The ARPE is purely what it is charging the client and that is a symbol of pricing power and more complex processes.

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