Contingent Workforce Solutions (CWS) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as a GTA finalist in the Deloitte’s 50 Best Managed Companies. We are honoured to receive this recognition only three years after our company’s inception, and we are grateful to be listed among the other successful finalists.

Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies continues to be the market of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies.  Now in its 19th year, this is one of Canada’s premier business awards. It celebrates companies that demonstrate vision, passion and achievement in their daily business[1].

CWS is thankful to all of its employees for working hard over the past three years and bringing CWS the success it has achieved. Congratulations to the other Deloitte 50 Best Managed Companies finalists and good luck with phase two of the award selection process.

[1] Deloitte 50 Best Managed Companies. http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_CA/ca/insights/multimedia/podcasts/e086ac37004b6210VgnVCM200000bb42f00aRCRD.htm

SimplicityVMS, the only Canadian-based Vendor Management Software available on the market, was recently featured in Staffing Industry Analysts’ VMS and MSP 2011 Competitive Landscape report. Staffing Industry Analysts surveyed 42 of the world’s largest VMS/MSP companies for its annual report. For five years, the VMS and MSP Competitive Landscape report has provided the most detailed and comprehensive insight into the experience, positioning, and capabilities of VMS and MSP suppliers.

Interestingly, the report revealed that corporations are continuing to become more sophisticated at managing temporary labour. The report shows that companies have already, and are continuing to employ technology for their contingent labour management needs. The complexity of the techniques applied by services providers has evolved to such a point that companies are now expanding their programs globally and including non-traditional labour categories such as Statement of Work (SOW) project services or high end consulting engagements through their vendor management systems (VMS).

SimplicityVMS is unique because it is the most configurable, and it has the fastest implementation time of any VMS on the market. This system can easily be customized to suit customer needs, and because implementation time is greatly reduced, clients save money. SimplicityVMS is also white-labelled, allowing clients to implement their own brand and create a common user-interface. SimplicityVMS is a low cost solution that provides Small to Medium size businesses with the necessary tools to manage their contract labour.

Spend under management is the contingent labour spend that is being managed by a technology or alternative service. Spend under management grew from $66 billion in 2009 to $83.7 billion in 2010, which was a 26.8% increase. This reflects the strong growth that providers have experienced. Staffing Industry Analysts’ research shows that companies of all sizes, in just about every industry, are using MSP and VMS providers to manage their contingent workforce programs, and the penetration of MSP and VMS spend in the staffing market continues to increase. The report covers spend across the globe including the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands and France, some of the largest staffing markets in the world as well as developing markets such as Brazil, India or China.

Staffing Industry Analysts’ VMS and MSP 2011 Competitive Landscape report reveals that organizations are recognizing that they need to employ VMS and MSP programs in order to manage their contingent workforce and remain competitive. SimplicityVMS can give organizations the management tools they require to gain an advantage.

To find out more about how SimplicityVMS can help you, contact:

Jeff Nugent
Direct Phone:  416-642-9126
Email:  jeff.nugent@cwsolutions.ca
Linkedin: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/jeffnugent

Contingent Workforce Solutions also provides MSP services. Click here for more information about how your business can benefit from CWS’ MSP programs.

Next week Contingent Workforce Solutions (CWS) is sponsoring Impact99, a one day conference that focuses on better leveraging social media in the workplace. Jeff Nugent, founder and president of CWS, is an advocate for social media, saying “Social Media has changed everything – Marketing, and, most recently, HR”. Nugent believes that companies need to integrate a social media strategy into their traditional hiring practices in order to stay competitive in recruiting the best talent. Therefore, one of CWS’ services includes consulting with clients about how to better integrate social media into their current HR and recruiting strategies.

Impact99 will help HR leaders develop a Social HR strategy, and explain why it’s the most important thing HR can focus on in a digital age. Attendees will learn how to stand out as a top employer, how to find staff in a digital, and social media world. The conference will cover social media basics, and discuss lessons real organizations have learned on their social media journeys.

CWS truly believes that social media will become an integral part of recruiting and HR, which is why it has created platforms that make it easy for recruiters and HR professionals to use social media. SimplicityVMS, which was developed by CWS, is a payrolling and contractor administration software system. This system seamlessly integrates with social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, which allows HR professionals to use these sites along with their traditional recruiting methods. SimplicityVMS empowers HR professionals with the tools they need to keep up with the rapidly changing recruiting landscape.

Impact99 is a great opportunity for HR industry thought leaders to come together and share ideas and experiences, learn about innovative practices, and develop an effective social media strategy of their own.

Click Here for more information about Impact99.

For more information about how SimplicityVMS can integrate with your business, contact:

Jeff Nugent
Direct Phone:  416-642-9126
Email:  jeff.nugent@cwsolutions.ca
Fax: 1-866-738-5208
Linkedin: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/jeffnugent

The most expensive and most complex resource of any business is its people. Many factors affect human performance, and, as a result, the human dimension is generally considered difficult to measure in terms of efficiency and improvement. With visibility into their workers’ performance, however, companies can better manage their entire workflow process.

Companies often have very little insight into their contract employees; a segment of the human dimension that poses high risk with employment and tax law and usually accounts for organizations’ largest single line expense. Contingent workers currently account for approximately 25% of the workforce, and this number is expected to increase. Companies need to effectively manage this aspect of their human resources in order to succeed in today’s changing employment market. Workforce analytics give companies visibility into their contract workforce, allowing them to better manage workflow, productivity, and compliance.

A Vendor Management System (VMS) can provide companies with the workforce analytics that provide companies with insight into their contract workforce across the entire organization. With greater insight, companies can determine who is doing what, and how well they are doing it. This allows organizations to allocate resources, motivate workers, and better understand human-resource related costs.

There are four key components to an effective Workforce analytics program. These components are:

  • Interactive – Workforce Analytics must be used as a living tool with dynamic data that integrates with historical data, including exceptions and outliers.
  • Intelligent – Analytics programs should be predictive and provide enough context to not only answer questions, but also raise them.
  • Actionable – The data must generate realistic recommendations that guide management decisions toward cost savings and risk mitigation.
  • Motivational – Workforce Analysis should go beyond mere mandates and inspire employees to have a stake in best practices.[1]

Successful businesses always look forward and adjust their strategies to match the changing market. Implementing a VMS and a workforce analytics program is one way that companies can adapt and better manage their most complex and most important resource: their people.

[1] Leeby, Doug. Workforce Analytics: How to Define, Measure and Drive Productivity in Today’s Organization. http://www.sig.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=5748

For more information about how you can benefit from a Vendor Management System, contact Christina Fabugais about SimplicityVMS

Christina Fabugais
Marketing Manager
Direct Phone:  416-642-9077
Toll Free:  1-866-837-8630 x9077
Email:  christina.fabugais@cwsolutions.ca

This week is the 17th annual National Payroll week, which is designed to build greater awareness of the size and scope of payroll and its impact on business, government and employees across Canada[1]. The workforce is constantly evolving, requiring today’s payroll professionals to keep up with ever changing employment and tax legislation.   Contract labour has emerged as a major workforce trend and this has impacted traditional methods of payrolling, which are typically designed for full and part time employees.

Contract labour has increased in Canada; a trend that was driven by the downturn in the economy as more companies began to hire contract and temporary labour in order to adapt to organizational needs and changes in the economy.  Since 1997, the contract labour market in Canada has grown by 300%, and it currently accounts for 25 to 35% of the North American workforce, bringing in 250 billion dollars annually.

The shift in the workforce toward contract labour has had an impact on the efficacy of traditional payrolling methods. It is now important that organizations execute the necessary due diligence when administering and payrolling contract and temporary workers. In the last 18 months Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has increased the frequency of Worker Classification Audits to determine whether organizations are properly classifying their workers as employees or self employed contract workers. Without proper documentation and administration, organizations face the risk of having their contract worker deemed an employee. They are then subject to pay up to millions of dollars in owed payroll remittance premiums, back-taxes and wages.

Contract workforce administration specialists like Contingent Workforce Solutions (CWS) assist organizations with identifying worker classifications and ensuring proper government remittances; this mitigates the risk of worker misclassification and can save organizations millions of dollars. Jeff Nugent, Managing Director of Contingent Workforce Solutions believes, “Companies can no longer afford to do without the tools that allow them to account for and manage contract labour.  This is not a luxury item – it’s a need.”

About CWS: Contingent Workforce Solutions is a business process management and advisory firm that help its clients gain control of their contract workforce. With close to 25 Years of Experience in Contractor, Temp staffing and Vendor Management Solutions, CWS is a partner that you can trust. Contingent Workforce Solutions’ was recently recognized in Profit Magazine’s 12th Annual PROFIT HOT 50 Ranking as Canada’s top new growth company, and was also awarded LoyaltyOne’s 50 Most Engaged Workplaces.


[1] National Payroll Week. The Canadian Payroll Association. http://www.payroll.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=National_Payroll_Week

For more information about how you can update your payrolling system to match the needs of today’s workforce, visit our website, or contact:

Christina Fabugais
Sales & Marketing Manager
Phone: 1-866-837-8630 Ex. 9077
Email: christina.fabugais@cwsolutions.ca

Innovation has always been the key to building sustainable enterprises. But today, in a world that is shrinking while it grows in complexity, the necessity to innovate and improve touches virtually everyone.

The Ingenious Awards Program aims to build awareness of how enlightened Canadians are building more competitive enterprises, more effective organizations and a stronger Canadian economy through the innovative use of technology.

From coast to coast to coast, Canadians in all walks of life are demonstrating a tremendous aptitude for using technology to drive business competitiveness, improve service delivery, reduce costs and address 21st century problems such as providing affordable healthcare, ending isolation and safeguarding the sustainability of our environment. In the process, they are helping to build a stronger, more robust economy and a more just and equitable society. This ingenuity deserves recognition.

The annual Ingenious Awards Program provides that recognition. The program, inaugurated in 2011, celebrates excellence in the use of technology to improve the performance of large and small businesses, government operations and not-for-profit organizations.

Following a rigorous judging process that requires clear demonstration of measurable achievements, winners in five categories will be honoured at a gala awards ceremony in Toronto on June 14, 2011. The stories of their achievements will be told across Canada. For a list of the judging panel click https://ingeniousawards.ca/panel/

For a list of nominees. https://ingeniousawards.ca/nominees/

About ITAC:  The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry. ITAC represents a diverse ICT community spanning telecommunications and internet services, ICT consulting services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content. ITAC’s community of companies accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 572,000 jobs, $140.5 billion in revenue, $6.0 billion in R&D investment, $31.4 billion in exports and $11.4 billion in capital expenditures that the ICT industry contributes annually to the Canadian economy. ITAC is a prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada’s innovative capacity and for stronger productivity across all sectors through the strategic use of technology.

About Contingent Workforce Solutions: Contingent Workforce Solutions (CWS) provides innovative technology and process management solutions that enable clients to gain control of their contract workforce.  Through their solutions CWS centralizes the process of hiring, engaging and administering clients contract talent in order to ensure compliance with employment and tax law while closely monitoring spend to allow for enormous cost savings.  For more information visit:  www.contingentworkforcesolutions.com

About SimplicityVMS:  SimplicityVMS is a web based Software as a Service solution that automates the end to end process of managing contract workers for both corporate and staffing agency clients.  SimplicityVMS’ highly configurable workflow engine allows for rapid implementation and reduced cost of both implementation and on-going maintenance.  As the most scalable solution on the market SimplicityVMS can help companies both big and small manage their contract workforce more efficiently and cost effectively while helping to ensure compliance with employment and tax law.