Camerons outsources all support services in £600m deal

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  • How much money is Camerons going to make out of this if Integreon is going to be using its staff to do work for other firms?

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  • My sympathies to the poor staff who will be caught up in this noxious experiment.
    It will be interesting to see if the process works, but whilst retaining the outsourced staff in the same building, one has to question why? I certainly would not trust recruitment of my staff to someone else, nor want my daily affairs dealt with by technically, a permanent "temp".

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  • This is similar to Orrick's outsourcing operation in the US which was to have sold services to other firms. I don't think any other firm ever signed up.

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  • All support functions? This reveals how much Camerons see support as a commoditised service. Yes, some areas can be outsourced but how will they ensure strategic alignment in areas such as business development?

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  • If firm's sign up to business development being outsourced to one firm, how does one differentiate on USPs? Confidentiality is hard to monitor at the best of times, but how it works when the same team works for a number of firms having access to highly confidential information across a number of areas (and not just recruitment unlike the headhunters who, lets face it, are not entirely discrete themselves) should be interesting to watch.

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  • If your name is Cameron, in this day and age, then I guess you have to power share!

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  • Am I alone in thinking that Camerons have been conned by some very slick salesmen?

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  • Cost-cutting by any other name would still smell as fetid. Let's hope this isn't just yet another way for a big firm to hide the fact that it needs to make redundancies.

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  • Oh for the day when support staff are respected as integral team members rather than disposable and interchangeable whenever corners have to be cut.
    It's hard to see how this idea can offer a "service that’s better than any back office law firm", not only from the aspects of the lack of confidentiality, effiency, knowledge, etc but also those antiquated ideas of morale and motivation. Who wants to feel like a small cog in a big machine?
    I would dearly love for partners like Duncan Weston to spend a day working as an unappreciated secretary or in accounts. I suspect it would be eye-opening.

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  • Up next, the Secretaries. Then, Boris Weston will finally have to figure out how to grow a business through means other than cost cutting. Two years of it and profits are still plummeting.

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