Impact of Recession on the Business Process Services (BPS) Industry

25 Mar 2020
by Rajesh Ranjan, Anil Vijayan, Sharath Hari N, Akash Verma

There is sufficent evidence to suggest that the global economy is on a path toward recession, especially given the COVID-19 outbreak, geopolitical uncertainty, and economic instability in many countries. As a result, most sectors will be impacted, including Business Process Services (BPS). However, as the industry is quite heterogenous, the impact on different BPS segments will vary and depend on multiple factors. Hence, it is critical to have a more nuanced market view across BPS segments (for example, HR vs. F&A) and identify strategies to not only cope with the downturn, but also emerge stronger.

In this report, we explore the likely impact of a recession on the BPS industry. We also outline a framework for service providers to identify the relative impact of the recession on various BPS segments and suggest appropriate strategies for each segment based on the providers’ financial positions.


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In this paper, we address the following topics:

  • Likely impact of a recession on the BPS industry
    • Analysis of BPS segments to understand the likely impact of recession on each
    • Impact on service providers’ overall BPS portfolios
  • Strategies to navigate a recession – by service provider’s financial position


Banking and Financial Services (BFS) - Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

Customer Experience Management (CXM) Services, including Contact Center Outsourcing

Finance & Accounting Outsourcing

Healthcare & Life Sciences Business Process Outsourcing

HR Services and Technology

Insurance - Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

Procurement Outsourcing

Recruitment Process (RPO)


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