Platform Wars: The Human Capital Universe

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A battle for supremacy is looming in the Human Capital Management (‘HCM’) space. 

In the same way we have seen battle lines drawn and become blurred by corporates such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Alibaba, a handful of titans will emerge following a decade of consolidation and organic growth across the space. 

This is the first episode in a series of in-depth guides to the HCM universe and its three core limbs: 

In this instalment, we will explore the HCM market and its drivers, while taking a deeper look at the consolidation that’s emerging in the space. 

In the coming months we’ll expand into other areas within the HCM space – take a look at our roadmap below to see what is in store in future episodes: 

The HCM Landscape 

The Human Capital Management (‘HCM’) market comprises talent acquisition, core HR administration and talent management. Globally this is forecast to grow from $17.6Bn in 2019 to $24.3Bn by 2025, a CAGR of c.6.7%[1]. 

The graphic below provides an overview of the HCM landscape, together with a selection of some of the principal operators. 

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