IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry market research, estimates that revenue from the HR and Payroll Software industry will grow 2.2% annually to $3.2 billion in the five years to 2011. The industry has recently benefited from increased private investment in software and the need for businesses to cut costs as a result of the recession. More companies are now performing back-office duties in-house, including outsourced HR and payroll services. While more businesses are expected to use HR and payroll outsourcing in 2011 as corporate profit rises, the small business market will help ensure continued growth during the year. IBISWorld anticipates that industry revenue will increase 1.1% in 2011.

The industry generates revenue through the sale of new software, software license updates and subscription fees for online applications. Businesses use the software to automate administrative processes, while reducing the risk of litigation and other compliance issues. Companies also use the software to control labor costs, minimize risk and manage personnel.

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