Wipro's India and Middle-East division is expected to handover its entire staff recruitment responsibilities to HR solution provider PeopleStrong in a deal valued over Rs 100 crore, people with knowledge of the matter said. Talks are in the final stages and a deal is expected as early as this week, they said. According to the proposal, the Gurgaon-based recruitment process outsourcer (RPO) would handle Wipro Infotech's hiring for five-seven years. In recruitment process outsourcing, the employer transfers the entire hiring mandate to a third party, which takes control over the complete process unlike a traditional recruitment firm - from screening the candidate's profile to interviewing and making the selection. Although this service was nascent in India until a few years ago, it is now expected to grow 40-50% because of an expected uptick in hiring over the next six months, according to a report by Randstad India. "RPO will grow exponentially now that companies need workforce to scale up and there is insufficient manpower strength within the firms to hire in large numbers. We started our RPO around two years ago and busi-ness has doubled and enquiries from clients are up four times," said Moorthy K Uppaluri, chief executive of Randstad India.

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