Opex or Capex?

As an organisation we work with clients from advisory through to implementation and one area of particular interest is how clients financially budget for their projects and programs. We’ve seen HR improvements, technology and resources classified as both CAPEX and OPEX depending on the nature of the investment and an organisation's own accounting practices. 

So what exactly do these budgeting terms mean?


OPEX refers to the ongoing expenses that an organisation incurs to maintain it’s day-to-day operations and generate revenue such as salaries, rent, utilities, office supplies, maintenance and marketing expenses etc. 

CAPEX refers to the expenses incurred to acquire, upgrade or improve long-term assets or investments that provide future benefits to the business.


And what does this mean for a project or program?


In the context of project and resource costs, you may refer to OPEX as day-to-day ongoing operational expenses needed to complete the project, such as implementation, marketing, communications and change management costs etc. Whereas CAPEX, usually includes capital investments for project-related assets such as equipment, software, infrastructure or facilities that have a lasting benefit beyond the project's completion.

This short view is simply for ideation. We are happy to chat about what we’ve seen but please seek your internal advice and governance if you are in a role where HR planning and projects is a key focus.

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About the author


Michael Halling


Michael, or Mike, is the CEO of Vitro and works closely with clients to discuss and define their current and future HR ambitions across the talent management spectrum. He knows that technology and process improvements are the greatest organisational enablers and understands systems and processes which can help an organisation meet their needs.

By Michael Halling

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