What is PEO and how is the new HR trend helping companies grow?

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What is PEO and how is the new HR trend helping companies grow?

Competitive advantage is what all companies strive for. In order to take business competition to a healthier level, a new trend has begun. Professional Employer Organisations (PEOs) are the HR bodies which cater for these business needs and this is currently the new HR trend.

Though PEOs exist for around three decades, there was no big buzz about it until recently. Its importance is now being valued as it has helped many businesses flourish and grow exponentially. This new HR trend has revolutionized the way we perceive business and make us see the myriad of opportunities it provides. A PEO is a firm that provides Payroll and Employment Outsourcing services through which an employer can outsource its HR services for a said cost. Such HR services include comprehensive employer of record services, payroll management services, immigration as well as offshore payment services and auxiliary services amongst others.

The fact is that many businesses do not have a registered entity in all countries in which they wish to do business and employ people. As the African business and labour landscape are both increasingly complex, there is a cry out for Professional Employer Organisations. This new HR business model has proven to be very efficient in terms of mobility and special projects. PEOs such as Africa HR Solutions can also be regarded as a “co-employment” partner and in this kind of HR outsourcing, business owners do not have to worry about all aspects of the countries labour law. This way, they can focus on their strategic objectives and daily tasks. PEO’s represent a single solution for all HR employment requirements.

How has this new HR trend helped companies grow?

  • Payroll Outsourcing

Eliminates costs of initial hardware or software investment. Furthermore, it allows tax calculations to be done with total compliance. Errors and manual handling of data are decreased as well as reducing time spent on administrative tasks.

  • Information sharing

Companies can establish a reliable communication with Africa HR, which in turn provide their expertise for the clients in the complex African Labour Context. This strategic partnership allows more in-country information sharing.

  • Reduction of risks

There are fewer risks involved employment outsourcing. There are high costs and risks associated with opening your own company. Clients can ensure compliance while legally doing business in Africa through an accredited and recognized umbrella services company like Africa HR solutions.

  • Employment Outsourcing

It is the easiest and fastest way to hire an employee in a new country, while there is no requirement to set up a physical company. This way it allows the client to test the new market without significant investment.

  • Human Resources Mobilisation Optimization

Multi-dimensional functions of this new HR trend have also led to optimization of human resources in terms of Global Mobility. Payroll, tax compliance, and social service benefits are taken care of.

  • Immigration Solutions

With the ever-increasing need for foreign skills in developing countries, immigration and work permits are in demand across the continent. Each country is complex and has its own requirements.

Africa HR Solutions is a PEO organization that is currently spreading this new HR trend throughout 50 countries in Africa. Why not use their solutions to test a new market in Africa, and grow your business without the risks and costs associated with opening a company? Perhaps you have a project and need people employed on the ground. Whether you are in Oil and Gas, Education, IT & Telecoms, Financial Services, Transport and Logistics, Agriculture and farming, Healthcare services, Engineering, and construction or Humanitarian and NGO work, we can help you get into Africa.

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Grant Geraghty is the longest-serving member of the Africa HR team. This resident subject matter expert and client champion is responsible for gaining a deep understanding of our clients’ unique HR needs in Africa and providing tailored solutions that align with their business objectives. Grant collaborates closely with our clients to ensure that their requirements are properly implemented, providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the process.

Grant brings a wealth of experience to his role, having served as Africa HR’s longest-serving employee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Economics and Business Finance, from the University of Natal in South Africa. Additionally, he has completed a certification program in Payroll and Tax Administration from the University of Cape Town, further enhancing his expertise in HR operations and compliance.

His commitment to delivering exceptional service and his extensive knowledge of HR in Africa make him an invaluable member of the Africa HR team.




Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.

Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.

Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in a few companies, Ceridian, and International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded a few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in the US. Award Winner in various fields and at a national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018.



Head of Finance & Business Support

Viloshna is an experienced finance professional with 18 years of expertise in strategic financial planning, financial analysis, cash flow management, systems and controls implementation, financial reporting, and continuous process improvements. She currently serves as Head of Finance & Business Support, where she has successfully automated and leveraged the financial reporting system capabilities to ensure efficient company operations.

Viloshna’s background includes senior roles in a multinational pharmaceutical company and a large listed Mauritian conglomerate. Her meticulous attention to detail and strategic thinking have streamlined financial processes, making her a valuable addition to any finance team. Viloshna is a qualified finance professional with an FCCA qualification and an MBA, bringing valuable expertise to any organization.

In her current role, Viloshna leads the company’s Treasury and Payments function, including the fulfillment of the company’s cross-border payments into Africa. With her strong educational background and extensive experience, Viloshna consistently demonstrates her ability to optimize financial operations, minimize risks, and improve profitability. Her expertise in financial reporting and process improvements make her a valuable asset to any organization.



Head of Legal & Compliance

A qualified lawyer who joined Africa HR Solutions in July 2020, Mark Du Preez has experience working in private practice for a reputable law firm in South Africa. He also played commercially focused roles at a leading private bank, wealth management company, and outsourcing firm in South Africa and Mauritius.

Mark has played a pivotal role in Africa HR Solution’s risk mitigation strategy, which positively impacted P&L performance over the years.

He currently leads the Partnerships function of the company including relationships and oversight with in-country partners (ICPs) across Africa.

Alex Daruty - Africa HR Team


Head of Commercial

Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.

With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.

His focus is on driving meaningful business impact through brand differentiation and building high-functioning, digitally oriented, and analytically driven capabilities. He is motivated by working with, and developing dynamic people, teams, and organizations.

He leads, manages, develops and mentors the Key Account Management department, including line management responsibility for the team of Key Account Managers and Key Account Administrator who represent the Company as the primary communication link between all relevant stakeholders, including clients, third party in-country partners and internal functions.

Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.