What is HR Outsourcing?

HR Outsourcing is when a business uses the services of a third party to take care of its HR Functions.  As our client, you may outsource a few or all of your HR related activities depending on the extent of your requirements.  By choosing to use HR Outsourcing, you can significantly reduce costs and recover valuable time currently spent dealing with HR issues.  In addition you would be protecting their business by engaging the services of a qualified and accredited HR Professional to undertake these crucial business related activities on your behalf, as opposed to “making-do” with limited or no in-house professional HR advice.

As a HR Consultant Johanna specialises in providing outsourced Human Resources consultancy services and employment advice to start-up companies and small and medium sized businesses based in Northern Ireland. In today’s ever changing commercial world, business owners and managers struggle with a lack of time and specific expertise to ensure compliance with the increasing burden of employment legislation.  We are here to relieve you of that burden, providing a flexible menu of bespoke products and services tailored to meet the HR needs of Northern Ireland based businesses no matter how large or small.

 Why HR Outsourcing with the HR Doc Shop?

Johanna offers premium HR Outsourcing service working on a one-to-one basis with the business owner and management team.  She specialises in working with a select client list drawn from start-up companies and small to medium sized businesses based in Northern Ireland.  Our strength as a consultancy is the breadth of our professional knowledge and practical experience in employment and HR matters, ultimately driven by our understanding of what Northern Ireland based businesses need from their professional advisors.  This unique service is tailored to the Northern Ireland market, providing you and your business with:

  • flexible and responsive HR service
  • cost effective people management solutions
  • access to professional accredited expertise
  • access to online resources
  • compliance with Northern Ireland employment legislation
  • a true HR Business Partner model, working in partnership to achieve your business goals

As members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), we have access to all of the latest HR news and industry developments and can ensure our clients benefit by keeping them fully up to date at all times with practical, commercially focused updates.

Passionate about providing smaller businesses with a portfolio of professional human capital management services, often associated only with large scale businesses.  Our HR Outsourcing services are designed to be fully flexible.  Understanding that each business in Northern Ireland have diverse needs and each client requires a different level of support depending on the internal expertise they have coupled with the complexity of the issues they face.  Premium HR Consultancy & HR Outsourcing services are for you if:

  • you have limited resources to employ a full-time HR professional; or
  • your internal HR professional(s) would like additional expertise or second opinion; or
  • you are a HR provider / Management Consultancy operating in the Northern Ireland market, seeking like-minded accredited professionals for specific projects or consortium work

Let us manage your HR and we will provide you with the time you need to focus on managing your business.

How does HR Outsourcing work?

Johanna has developed three options for HR Outsourcing to cater for the needs of all types of business, whether you simply require additional support and HR Advice with some elements of your HR tasks or whether you require a one-off HR Consultancy project.  We can help.  Just pick the option that best suits your needs today or if you don’t see what you need contact Johanna in confidence to arrange a meeting on 075 4007 6772 or johanna@thehrdocshop.com

Three Options

  1. HR Business Partner
  2. HR Training
  3. HR Consultancy

1. HR Business Partner

Employment law is constantly changing with new legislation and case law being introduced and updated on a regular basis.   Navigating the employment minefield and understanding the need to comply with statutory requirements is an ongoing battle for all businesses.  It is a battle which must be won as failure can lead to disputes and ultimately defending cases at Tribunals.   This failure can be an expensive error of judgement for a business, not just in terms of the negative publicity associated with Tribunals but also the legal costs.

How does HR Business Partner Work

Our business model is based on offering a true HR Business Partner service to our clients.   As our client you will have a dedicated HR Business Partner to look after your needs.  We are a local Northern Ireland based HR consultancy and we value the importance of knowing our business partners.  We aim to build strong personal relationships, develop mutual understanding and deliver consistent results.   Our approach is to listen and spend time understanding your business, your requirements and your culture so that we get it right first time.  Johanna approaches each client relationship with enthusiasm, passion and drive to provide creative solutions to client HR issues.   Building on a shared understanding of the needs of your business and where we can add value, we strive to achieve long-term partnerships with you, our clients.   Whilst statutory compliance is a foundation stone of all that we do, the HR Doc Shop continually strives to provide creative solutions to meet the needs of our clients’ businesses, enabling them to achieve their goals and objectives.

As your HR Business Partner, Johanna will visit your business, consult with you and be your HR support when you need HR or Employment Advice.  You control the partnership model – determining how much support you want and which manner you would like it delivered in i.e. we can visit you regularly on site, talk on the phone, respond to HR queries via email or a mixture of all.

Our flexible |HR Business Partner service provides you with a HR Business Partner who can help you to make decisions based on their understanding of NI employment legislation.  This service provides you with access to up-to-date employment information.  Typical situations where this is used:

  • calls / meetings for advice on how to handle various employee related issues
  • employee investigations
  • chairing disciplinary matters
  • managing sickness absence
  • sitting at monthly management meetings

For such tasks I can be involved as much or as little as you would like:

  • Provide advice to you/ the Directors/ Management: in person at a meeting / via skype or Facetime/ on the phone / via email or a culmination of all four whichever is your preference
  • Draft any required documentation including letters / correspondence templates and send to them to you in soft copy for you to issue
  • Review any documentation you have drafted and advise on any amendments needed
  • Attend meetings as required


Depending on your service level need we will personalise a quotation for you.  Our HR Outsourcing service enables clients to select from a monthly, annual or completely flexible arrangement. We have a number of packages available starting at 4 hours per month.  So please get in touch with Johanna on 075 4007 6672 or johanna@thehrdocshop.com for further information.

2. HR Training – HR For the Non HR Manager

Option One

  • Run one training session for all managers as a group and discuss case studies together

Option Two:

  • Run the main training session as a group
  • Follow up with individual one-to-one support sessions for the individual managers

Option Three:

  • Run individual one-to-one sessions for the individual managers focusing on one specific situation

We can also design and deliver bespoke training on any aspect of HR.  So please get in touch with Johanna on 075 4007 6672 or johanna@thehrdocshop.com to arrange a meeting.

3. HR Consultancy

In addition to our HR Outsourcing and HR Training services, we also provide HR Consultancy services on a project by project basis, offering you flexibility to utilise our knowledge and expertise as and when you require it.  If you want a bespoke HR Consultancy project tailored to the specific needs of your business then we can help.  Typical projects which we offer under HR Consultancy include:

  • Absence Management
  • Discipline and grievance
  • Performance Management
  • Expert Recruitment Interview Panel member
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Staff Development and Promotion
  • Redundancy
  • TUPE
  • HR Strategy and HR Planning
  • Careers Coaching
  • Organisation Design and Restructure

For more information on some of our HR Consultancy services please contact Johanna in confidence on 075 4007 6772 or johanna@thehrdocchop.com  Johanna will then contact you to arrange an initial consultation to find out more about your needs, gain a better understanding of your business and then provide a personalised quotation on how we can best help you with your HR requirements.