PRO Insights Blog

Using Mobile to Submit Candidates to Job Requests and Improve Time to Fill

June 19, 2019
Recruiters, sourcers and account managers at staffing agencies are frequently under pressure to field new requests from clients and submit candidates as quickly as possible to increase the odds that they’ll fill the request. Imagine a common scenario in which a recruiter is away from her desk – perhaps at an off-site meeting, at lunch, or before or after arriving at work. She has an outstanding candidate she’s been holding for just the right role when a request arrives from a top client that would be perfect for the candidate. Unfortunately, since the mobile VMS experience has historically been cumbersome and/or non-existent, she isn’t able to act on the request until hours later, losing precious time to the competition. Leveraging Mobile to Act Faster In light of scenarios such as the above, suppliers have asked PRO Unlimited to help them get their best candidates in front of managers when they’re on the go. In particular, they’ve been eager for a way to submit candidates to active requests right from their mobile devices, rather than having to rush back to the office or call in for help. Enter the Wand Mobile Supplier App PRO’s Wand Mobile Supplier App was built from the ground up as a native app for iPhone and Android devices. One advantage this provides is that even when users don’t have the app open, they can receive push notifications alerting them to high-priority action items – such as a job request from a top client. Once a recruiter or account manager opens the app, new requests are immediately visible. This enables users to quickly look at pending engagement requests, see key request details and requirements, and even search for candidates they think are qualified. Utilizing the app, users simply select the candidate they have in mind, add details pertinent to the request, and touch “submit.” With a single tap, users can also forward the request info to fellow team members via email, enabling them to immediately begin sourcing the position. It’s a convenient and powerful way to improve response time and accelerate time to fill that suppliers haven’t had access to in the past. Users of the Wand Mobile App for Managers have already seen benefits in this area. Across PRO’s U.S. client base, organizations that use Wand Mobile for their contingent workforce management have seen significantly quicker time from candidate submittal to interview being scheduled, as well as faster time from interview being scheduled to fill time.  (For more, check out our 2019 industry report, “The Contingent Workforce: Trends, Strategies and Understanding the Non-Employee Workforce.”) Beyond Candidate Submittal: Other Benefits of Mobile Of course, a supplier’s role is just beginning with the submission of a candidate, and utilizing mobile can provide advantages at many other stages of the candidate/worker lifecycle. The Wand Mobile Supplier App also enables users to: Schedule, manage and confirm candidate interviews, increasing productivity on the go Send interview times directly to candidates via email or SMS text messaging, allowing them to confirm or

PRO Unlimited Wins 3 Stevie Awards in 2019 American Business Awards

May 30, 2019
We’re excited to announce that PRO Unlimited has received 2019 Stevie Awards in the following categories:   Mobile Apps: Productivity (Wand Mobile) Vendor Management Solutions (Wand VMS) Human Capital Management Solution (Wand VMS) It’s the third consecutive year that Wand Mobile has been recognized in the “Mobile Apps: Productivity” category at the American Business Awards, with PRO being the only organization to make the cut each of these years. (Read PRO’s official 2019 Stevie Awards press release.) Comments from Stevie Awards judges about Wand Mobile included the following: “The app saves a lot of precious time for managers and workers. Interesting product with clean and nice UI/UX design.” “Strong execution … certainly something people will spend positive time with and make their day and scheduling far easier. Thought the design was strong and modern.” “Great layout and UI — clear that the product provides an end-to-end solution.” Wand Mobile empowers managers, suppliers and workers within a company’s contingent workforce program to be more productive by completing tasks throughout the full contingent workforce lifecycle directly from their mobile phones, tablets and even their Apple Watches. (Related reading: “5 Ways Mobile Improves the Contingent Workforce Management Experience.”) The Wand Mobile Supplier App, an industry-first iOS/Android VMS app enabling suppliers to increase their productivity on the go, is the latest addition to the Wand Mobile family. To learn more, check out our “Using Mobile to Act Faster and Accomplish More” data sheet. PRO’s overall Wand Vendor Management System (VMS) was also recognized for its innovative features and significant user benefits, ranging from its powerful self-sourcing capabilities and robust SOW management to total resource visibility and improved speed of execution. Judges’ comments included: “Great product, clear use case. Well-rounded solution.” “Impressive functionality in a growing area of need!” “A tool that solves a big problem … great way to be innovative.” For more on how Wand VMS can help your organization, check out the following resources: 1) Infographic: “Using Wand’s Talent Network to Direct Source Job Openings” 2) Data Sheet: “Advantages of Using Wand VMS to Capture and Manage SOW Spend” 3) White Paper: “Analytics and Contingent Workforce Management: 7 Real-World Success Stories” If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO Unlimited can help your organization increase operational efficiency in its contingent workforce program, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

SIG Nominates PRO Unlimited for “Future of Sourcing” Awards

June 20, 2019
As a global leader in contingent workforce management, we have been named a finalist in the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Future of Sourcing Awards in two categories: “Innovations in Sourcing” and “Innovations in Third-Party Management!”  If anyone is familiar with SIG and these awards, then they will know that they acknowledge companies and individuals that exhibit leadership and create transformation in the sourcing industry and, PRO is one of those leading companies! After reading a number of submissions, SIG selected us for both our Wand VMS and MSP services — recognizing the innovative role that both have played in the industry. Wand was nominated in the category of “Innovations in Sourcing,” for its self-sourcing capabilities that enable clients to create their own private, self-sourced candidate pools. Additionally, PRO’s MSP was nominated for “Innovations in Third-Party Management” because of our ability to be a strategic partner to our clients. This recognition showcases our pioneering spirit over the past several decades. It also highlights how we have played a key role in helping global organizations around the world source quality talent, create efficiencies in their sourcing practices and achieve significant cost savings. The 2019 SIG Future of Sourcing Awards will take place during the Fall Global Executive Summit where the winner in each category will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 For more information on SIG’s recognition of PRO, please click here. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

The Latest on IR35: Mid-Year Update

June 18, 2019
Discussions should hopefully be well underway now regarding how to meet the new off-payroll working rules (known as IR35), currently due to implement in April 2020. To recap, these reforms, introduced to the UK public sector in April 2017, will now be extended to large and medium sized businesses in the private sector. These changes are particularly relevant where an individual supplies his or her services through an intermediary known as a personal service company (PSC), and this would be irrespective of whether the PSC is supplied directly, through an agency or even a chain of agencies or a Managed Service Provider (MSP).  Prior to the public sector changes in 2017, it was the responsibility of the PSC to assess whether IR35 applied (and subsequently operate the correct amounts of tax and national insurance), however, this has been open to historic and widespread abuse leading UK tax authorities (HMRC) to re-evaluate this approach.  Fast-forward to April 2017 and within the public sector it became the responsibility of the end-user to make an assessment of whether the role was inside or outside of IR35 and the responsibility of the fee payer (the party that pays the PSC) to withhold the correct statutory burdens. Where we find ourselves today is that, in April 2020, this change will come across to the private sector meaning end-users and recruitment businesses need to prepare. Latest News and Developments The government had an open call throughout May for consultation on how best to extend the implementation of the IR35 reform — it informed the draft finance bill legislation. The consultation does not, however, focus on whether the off-payroll rules should go ahead in the private sector as this has already been confirmed through the 2018 Autumn Statement. What is does focus on is the test for what constitutes a large or medium sized business and is therefore in scope of the legislation as well as tackling roles and responsibilities within the supply chain (for example, within a lengthy supply chain the notion is raised in the consultation that the end-user should hold the responsibility to pass the determination and associated reasons to the worker, the entity they contract with and the fee payer). Draft legislation is expected in July 2019 with the final legislation coming in November 2019. What Preparations Should be Taking Place Now? Although the legislation does not come into effect until April 2020 — the time for action is now. End users should discuss internally and with their supply chain partners how to assess incumbent workers, map out a communication strategy, and review procedurally what this would look like within their organization. Perhaps most importantly at this time, end users need to gain visibility into their PSC workforce and understand how these are supplied to their business, who the heavy users of PSC contractors (and thus be most impacted by the changes) are, and determine whether these roles are likely inside or outside of IR35. In order to get to grips with all

ProcureCon IT Taps PRO Unlimited to Lead Talent Management Panel

June 11, 2019
In a few short days, the PRO Unlimited team will head to Denver for the ProcureCon IT Sourcing conference from June 18th to 20th. As the only peer-led sourcing conference dedicated specifically to the procurement and sourcing of IT talent, this event helps companies transform their programs through innovative workshops and networking sessions. PRO will lead a panel titled, “Let’s Talk Talent: A Guide To Surviving The Talent Shortage” on the 19th at 3:50 pm. As we experience the greatest talent shortage of our time, sourcing the best and brightest to fill vital IT gaps can be a major challenge. Where do you start when it comes to identifying, attracting and retaining the top talent? Check out the PRO led session to find the answers. This insightful session will cover: Identify the skill-set you’re looking to source Develop talent and evaluate performance Identify a good candidate and evaluate them Use a gig platform to cut costs, but still provide quality talent Can’t make the panel? Please feel free to visit our booth #36 to chat with us about our contingent workforce management services and a see demo of Wand, our industry-leading Vendor Management System. See you there and have a great conference! If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations launch winning contingent workforce programs, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

Contingent Workforce: Q2 Regulatory Webinar

June 4, 2019
As laws and regulations evolve and affect the contingent workforce landscape, your company may be at risk if you’re not sure how these changes impact you. You’re invited to join PRO Unlimited’s regulatory experts for an exclusive 30-minute webinar on Tuesday, June 25th at 2:30pm EDT to gain insights into the latest legislative updates. Your PRO Unlimited hosts, Jim Cahalan, General Counsel & Director of Global Compliance, and Shannon Shrewsbury, Senior Counsel, Contractor Compliance, will discuss the following: • Updates regarding the California Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v Superior Court: retroactivity, legislative activity and administrative responses • U.S. Department of Labor’s Memoranda of Understanding with New Jersey and Arizona • State-Formed Interagency Task Forces in New Jersey and Virginia • Q & A Reserve your seat today! Click here to register. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

PRO Unlimited Strengthens Its Cloud Security with CSA STAR Certification & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification

May 14, 2019
We achieved CSA STAR certification from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and have successfully incorporated the control requirements from ISO/IEC 27017:2015 into the ISO/IEC 27017:2013 certification, an international standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). These two new certifications indicate that we have surpassed rigorous third-party independent assessments of its security as a cloud service provider. The CSA STAR certification is proof of our unwavering commitment to adhere to industry-recognized standards. The CSA is a premier organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. There are 16 control areas that dictate certification level, including but not limited to compliance, data governance, facility security, human resources, information security, legal, operations management, risk management, release management, resiliency and security architecture. In addition to the CSA STAR certification, PRO achieved inclusion of ISO/IEC 27017:2015 into its currently certified ISO/IEC 27001:2013 information security management system, which also includes the control requirements of ISO/IEC 27018:2014. This internationally recognized standard help organizations keep information assets — including personally identifiable information (PII) — secure, private and confidential within a cloud-based environment. The ISO/IEC 27017:2015 guidelines are part of PRO’s multi-tier security model covering all aspects of cloud services for its clients. This model and the PRO controls are based on international protocols, standards and industry best practices. These compliance achievements are industry agnostic. They benefit our clients by providing independent validation of the security controls and processes PRO has implemented to protect client data. For the full release, click here. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

PRO Unlimited Named “Top Workforce Management Solution Provider in the UK”

May 14, 2019
More exciting news on the award front! We have been selected as one of the “Top Workforce Management Solution Providers in the UK” for 2019 by HR Tech Outlook. This is an annual listing of the preeminent companies that cater to both user expectations and business requirements. HR Tech Outlook recognized us for our ability to help the world’s most competitive, highly visible companies successfully source, track and manage high-quality contingent talent, while effectively managing costs and risks. Our Managed Services Program (MSP) model, with our fully integrated Vendor Management Software (VMS) platform, Wand, provides clients with a unique value proposition. PRO’s primary service offerings fall into four categories: 1. Purely Vendor-Neutral MSP/VMS. PRO’s proprietary VMS accompanies seasoned MSP staff at client locations, where the full contingent labor lifecycle is managed through its purely vendor-neutral model. 2. IC Classification Consulting. PRO helps companies address the tax and benefit risks associated with using independent contractors. 3. Third-party Payrolling. PRO safely engages client-sourced professional contract or temp workers (retirees, former employees, consultants, etc.), while minimizing co-employment risk. 4. SOW Management. PRO’s proven methods allow for informed decision-making through the identification and capture of rogue spend, upstream request creation management, and downstream project management and spend optimization. HR Tech Outlook has worked to create a premier platform for identifying the most innovative solution providers in the industry to showcase their expertise. The U.S. and UK-Europe editions have received a tremendous response from the CHROs, HR, VPs, HR managers and other senior level technology decision makers from the HR fraternity of enterprises in UK and Europe. To learn more about the “Top 10 Workforce Management Solution Providers in the UK” for 2019, click here. For the full release. click here. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

PRO Invited to Lead Contingent Workforce Roundtable in London

May 5, 2019
PRO Unlimited is preparing to connect with more than 150 procurement professionals in London at the Indirect Category Leadership Forum on May 14th and 15th. With both strategic and category-led topics, this event will arm attendees with the latest in indirect procurement strategies and best practices. PRO has been tapped to lead a roundtable titled, “How a Purely Vendor-Neutral Model Supports Current Labor Issues around Sourcing, Talent Availability, Legislation and D&I” on 14th at 14:00  in Room #7. What are the benefits of a purely-vendor neutral model? Pure vendor neutrality exists only when the MSP and VMS provider have no staffing capability whatsoever. That results in the best talent provided at the most market-competitive rates. It requires suppliers to compete for each requisition on a level-playing field, which drives the maximum value for an organization. PRO will be also showcasing the latest innovation in contingent labor across the following areas: Direct sourcing that leads to double-digit cost savings – How companies can use their corporate brand to attract talent at significantly lower market rates. The game changing influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Three brand new AI user experiences for VMS. Business analytics that optimize contingent resource planning – How to achieve double-digit cost savings, improve quality of talent and reduce time-to-fill by enhanced workforce behavior. Visit the PRO team at Booth #2 to learn how we can advance your contingent labor strategy and/or to get a hands-on demonstration of our Wand VMS. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

PRO is Honored as Finalist for 2019 World Procurement Awards

April 9, 2019
PRO has been selected as a finalist for demonstrating excellence in Procurement Consultancy for the 2019 World Procurement Awards. The organizations shortlisted for this honor represent the most impressive procurement projects, people and companies from around the world. A record number of entries across 36 countries were received for this year’s awards, judged by a panel of senior representatives from several leading global organizations. The judges selected PRO for its expertise in helping large organizations implement innovative sourcing strategies through its purely vendor-neutral solution to achieve millions in cost savings in a matter of months. “We are honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious industry award,” said Andrew Popler, Executive Vice President of Business Development, PRO Unlimited. “PRO constantly strives to provide our clients across the globe with the most cutting-edge contingent workforce management technology and support to meet their business objectives.” The winner in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 16, 2019, at the Intercontinental London. Learn more about the World Procurement Awards 2019 here. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.
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