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Hiring Activity Increased by 8 Percent in the Last 6 Months in the GCC

Middle East : 14 December 2010

Recent survey data indicates that 56 percent of GCC companies are hiring, a jump of 8 points over the June poll that recorded 48 percent of firms were actively recruiting in the Gulf.  This increase is in line with global patterns that indicate execs and HR managers are transitioning from a staff reduction mindset to the goal of seeking out and acquiring talented individuals to improve their business. Talent is now being fought after instead of being attacked or suppressed.

The Recruitment and Talent Management Forum is being inaugurated this coming January.  Held by the IIR Middle East and in tandem with the Recruitment Show (or TAWDHEEF), the new forum will look at current challenges that firms face within the area due to the transforming and recovering economy.

The Banque Saudi Fransi Manpower and Talent Management is headed by Ian Thomas who spoke to media reps for Zawya about the forum.  Thomas said that the need for talented workers is again on the rise as the economic climate in the GCC returns to a state of normality.  Just as it was before the crisis, this demand is taking top priority in businesses once again.  Thomas stated that the forum’s inauguration is timely and targeted at raising awareness about these challenges and the complex nature of the various related issues.  The goal to provide assistance to managers and HR departments working towards integration and realistic solutions within international standards is also important and regional factors are being accounted for.

There is a host of HR and recruitment leaders working with Thomas on the new forum – including the leader of Human Capital Management at IBM Hungary Csilla Szokodi, Learning and Development for Jumeirah Group UAE head Tara Jackson, Talent Management for Etisalat Misr Egypt Nivine Rushdy, Director of HR at Kuwait Petroleum International Massimo De Rose and Strategy and Business Planning director at the Qatar Foundation Khaled Helaly.

Debates and interactive discussions will occur between leaders and pioneers within the industry using case studies and a panel format, all aiming to form solutions addressing the current concerns about recruiting and management of talent.

Hiring Solutions is a gold sponsor for the forum.  Guy Rickett, Managing Director for the firm, spoke to Zawya media and noted that as the region continues to develop the necessity of top talent becomes even more apparent.  Rickett stated that the forum will be a chance to showcase recruitment processes, HR management solutions and supportive new technologies, all while those potentially seeking work are exposed to company brands.  Separating the management of talent and recruitment underlines the importance of treating this as a vital aspect of business operations.

Taking place at Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC, the Recruitment and Talent Management Forum runs from January 24 to 27, 2011.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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