The long term character of many outsourcing relationships can result in a disparity, over time, between the contract price and the market price. Since the type of services, the volumes of resources and inputs and outputs vary according to the type of contract, the industry, and the scope of services benchmarking of contracts is often used to provide a measure for narrowing the dispartiy between contract price and market price.  The legal mechanisms for achieving this result range across a spectrum, each particular contract may have a different benchmarking clause and results.

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