Step 1 / Selected SolutionMap

(This category was previously known as ‘Independent Contract Workers’.) These solutions enable buy-side businesses, along with workforce intermediaries and/or service firms, to source, manage and pay external workers in a relatively “direct” manner. Many also enable the engagement of small service providers, such as boutique marketing or consulting firms, in a relatively “direct” manner. The solution category has expanded and evolved beyond “freelancer management systems” (FMS) and includes providers that support a much broader range of use cases. Solutions today are offered by technology point solution providers, but some VMS providers also offer direct sourcing solutions as a component of their contingent workforce/services suites and multichannel buying networks. A particular solution’s capabilities can include some or all of the following: direct sourcing for individual workers/small service providers; some level of RFX and contracting; candidate matching and selection, compliance and engagement management; “self-sourcing” from a group of pre-vetted workers and/or service providers; project management; VMS and AOR/EOR integrations; and invoicing and payments. Many solutions can also support sourcing directly from solutions like RPOs and online marketplaces, and some solutions come coupled with the solution provider’s own online marketplace/provider network. Finally, these solutions accumulate large volumes and different types of data for analytical & management purposes.

 Step 2 / Select Buying Persona
About Personas

Not all procurement organizations are equal. SolutionMap buying personas reflect different organizational needs tied to the unique value propositions served by a provider. Be sure to select the buying persona that most accurately reflects your organization as the SolutionMap provider rankings vary based on weighted requirements by persona.


 Step 3 / Review Direct Sourcing of Workforce/Services Solutions Rankings Rankings chart
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Reading the Ranking Chart

The color of the provider ‘bubble’ indicates the number of submitted customer references with dark purple being best.

Provider ‘bubble’ size represents solution-specific customer scalability based on customer count, global customer reach, full-time employees and revenue per customer.

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