Business Process Outsourcing Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Business Process Outsourcing Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Service (Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, KPO, Procurement & Supply Chain), By End Use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Feb, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-484-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 102

Report Overview

The global business process outsourcing market size was valued at USD 221.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.0% from 2020 to 2027. Reduced international trade barriers and improved telecommunication and IT capabilities have led to a situation where organizations are increasingly interlinked with each other for carrying out business. Moreover, organizations are focusing on reducing the cost of conducting business to access global resources to meet the demands of the industry. Thus, organizations are leveraging the benefits of outsourcing and are focusing on core competencies, thereby generating avenues in the market for business process outsourcing.

China business process outsourcing market size

The major operations offered by Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services include business administration, supply chain management, sales, marketing, and customer care services. The players in the market for business process outsourcing are engaged in providing reliable and cost-effective services across various industries and sectors such as BFSI, manufacturing, retail, IT and Telecommunications, and healthcare. The aforementioned industries comprise a few of the major application areas of business process outsourcing, and companies operating in these verticals prefer to incorporate business process outsourcing are part of their business strategy, in order to allow them to focus on their fundamental business activities and ultimately increase their profitability.

The business activities of an organization are classified into critical activities, core activities, and non-core activities. Core activities are the company’s primary competencies that give the company a strategic advantage. Critical activities require specialized skill-set. Similarly, non-core activities are supporting activities that largely involve relationship management between consumers and products. Classifying these activities is vital in order to allocate resources appropriately to ensure timely delivery of services. Nowadays, companies have begun to place greater emphasis on core activities with a view to maintain their market presence and expand their customer base, which results in the outsourcing of resources for non-core activities.

Companies engaging in business process outsourcing can choose to outsource specific services or business functions based on their individualistic requirements. These services include payroll, IT, logistics, and legal services. Reduction of labor costs as well as reducing and/or eliminating overheads arising from human resources and equipment are some of the potential benefits of outsourcing. Furthermore, business process outsourcing services offer higher flexibility as it enables businesses to retaliate faster to changing market dynamics by adapting the BPO processes as the market changes. For instance, organizations don’t have to invest in high capacity in-house servers or need not be concerned about outdated technologies.

Services such as training and recruitment require additional efforts and time. Owing to this, some companies prefer to outsource human resource services. For instance, Accenture is one of the pioneers engaged in offering human resources and finance and accounting services. The company’s human resource service includes workforce performance, recruitment, payroll, benefits and compensation, and other learning and employee services. The company’s human resource services cater to clients such as Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, and Goodyear.

Service Insights

The service segment has been further segmented into finance and accounting, human resources, knowledge process outsourcing, procurement and supply chain, customer services, and others. The others segment includes legal and tax, logistics, and training. The customer services segment held the largest market share of over 30.0% in 2019 and is predicted to register the highest growth rate over the forecast period. The customer service BPOs are specialized in handling customer queries that are generated through chat, email, social media, phones, and other channels.

The growing establishment of service centers that require online and offline technical support is fueling the growth of the customer service segment. Furthermore, the finance and accounting segment is expected to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period owing to the increasing presence of banking facilities and stringent regulatory requirements in the banking sector resulting in the requirement of outsourcing services. The finance and accounting services include internal audit, capital budgeting, general accounting, treasury risk and management, and tax services.

End-use Insights

The BPO industry offers its service across various end-use industries such as BFSI, healthcare, manufacturing, IT and telecommunications, retail, and others. The others segment includes travel and transportation, government, education, construction, and utilities. The BFSI segment secured a market share exceeding 30.0% of the global business process outsourcing market in 2019 and is anticipated to grow at the highest rate from 2019 to 2027. Customer focus on services such as service expediency, real-time interactions, and faster complaint resolution has resulted in BFSI companies outsourcing customer service activities.

Global business process outsourcing market share

Meanwhile, following the BFSI segment, the IT and telecommunications segment is expected to exhibit the second-highest CAGR exceeding 8.0% owing to the growth of IT companies and rapid industrialization across the globe. Additionally, support from the government to improve the global economy by encouraging other sectors such as banking and healthcare to boost their investments in technology is expected to fuel market growth. For instance, according to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), a trade association for the information technology industry in the Indian BPO market stated that the IT-BPO industry was valued at USD 12.0 billion and is expected to reach USD 118.0 billion by the end of 2018.

Regional Insights

The European market for business process outsourcing accounted for more than 26.0% of the global market share in 2019. The regional market growth is accredited to the provision of flexibility and customization of the service offerings in order to better meet individual needs coupled with rising demand for cloud computing technology. Additionally, the availability of a skilled workforce coupled with the quality of service and operational efficiency are the major factors that are driving the companies to outsource their business processes to the European countries.

The Latin American market for business process outsourcing is projected to witness a CAGR exceeding 6.0% over the forecast period. The regional market growth is ascribable to the rising growth of the manufacturing and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries in this region. Additionally, increasing support from the Latin American government towards the promotion of English language learning programs in order to gain attraction from global service providers in several Latin American countries is also anticipated to propel market growth. The cost-effective pricing structure and Spanish and Portuguese language skills are further generating avenues in the market for business process outsourcing in Latin America.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The competition in the market for business process outsourcing results from the presence of major global players such as Accenture, Infosys Limited, HCL, Wipro, Capgemini, and Amdocs. A diverse range of services allows companies to gain a competitive edge in the market for business process outsourcing.  For instance, Capgemini, one of the pioneers in the BPO industry, is engaged in offering multiple BPO services such as financial services, supply chain and procurement, and business analytics.

These market players particularly focus on entering into mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures/collaborations in order to enhance their market presence. For instance, in July 2018, Wipro Limited announced the acquisition of Alight HR Services in India for a total deal value of USD 1.5 billion. The company offers human resource outsourcing, IT outsourcing, and finance process outsourcing. Companies are focusing on setting up new BPO centers across the globe to expand their market presence and augment their existing customer base. For instance, in September 2017, Infosys Limited announced the establishment of a new service center in the Netherlands. This office will be engaged in providing finance and accounting and other end-to-end outsourcing services.

Business Process Outsourcing Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 237.0 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 405.5 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.0% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2020 - 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Service; end-use; region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; UK; Germany; France; China; India; Japan; Singapore; Malaysia; Brazil; Mexico

Key companies profiled

Accenture; Infosys Limited; HCL Technologies Limited; Wipro Limited; Capgemini; CBRE Group, Inc; NCR Corporation; TTEC Holdings, Inc.; Sodexo; Amdocs

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends from 2016 to 2027 in each of the sub-segments. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global business process outsourcing market report based on service, end-use, and region:

  • Service Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • Finance & Accounting

    • Human Resources

    • Knowledge Process Outsourcing

    • Procurement & Supply Chain

    • Customer Services

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI)

    • Healthcare

    • Manufacturing

    • IT & Telecommunication

    • Retail

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Singapore

      • Malaysia

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East & Africa

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