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External recruitment brings added value

Abdul Basit (abdulbasit@khaleejtimes.com)
Filed on October 29, 2013

External recruitment brings added value and good enough to find the perfect candidate for any company, according to a recruitment specialist.

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“The trend in the Middle East is HR driven, which is not actually the trend in Western Europe and the US where lots of companies outsource the recruitment process,” Serge H Borg, head of MRI Network for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), told Khaleej Times in an interview.

“In the region, a majority of the companies chose through internal way for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that the recruitment outsourcing has not yet come to this part of the world. Secondly, the HR has a very predominant position in the leadership team, and the last reason is that because it’s very regional market and there is a reluctance to outsource it to a third party who might not be aware of the specificity of the regional market,” Borg explained.

That’s the reason MRI Network opened its Dubai office in 2000 to serve clients in the Gulf countries, Turkey, Pakistan, and Africa regions, he said. “The Dubai office is very regional and one of the best performing offices in the region. We have two offices in the Middle East, but overall I look after 50 offices in EMEA,” he added.

He said the Dubai office is an innovative office because this office also recruits positioning in Africa, which has immense value for the region and also for Western Europe and American clients. In the next 3-5 years Africa will be a place for technology, telecom, banking, finance etc, he said, adding that it is estimated that Africa economy will see a double-digit growth in the next few years that “we don’t see anywhere in Europe and America.” For all those reason the MRI office in Dubai is very important, he added.

“The Dubai office currently consists of a team of industry specialists working in vertically defined market sectors. In addition we have a number of functional specialists including HR and Finance,” Borg said. Dubai-based MRI Worldwide is also affiliated to AMS International which can provide outsourcing and payroll facilities to clients in the region.

MRI Worldwide provides services to both local and multi-national companies within the region. He said: “It’s very important thing a company which wish to hire is very keen on the fact you speak the same language.” MRI teams of search and recruitment specialists, most with hands on experience in their sector prior to joining MRI Worldwide, have earned the reputation as highly specialised industry experts, he said, adding that they interact in the marketplace on a daily basis, locating, screening and recommending exceptional talent for our clients.

Aviation sector is one of the fastest sectors in the region and MRI is planning to focus on aviation early next year in addition to biotech, he said. At the moment, the Dubai office has specialists for FMCG, food and beverage, non-food, consumer electronics/white goods, luxury goods & retail, fashion, information technology, telecom and voice data, oil and gas/energy, engineering, construction, logistics and supply chain, banking and financial services, private banking, insurance including takaful, and graduate recruitment.

He said an added value of external recruitment is to be good enough and fast enough in finding good CVs. “For every position we send around three CVs and that’s our goal. But they are qualified CVs,” he added.

Responding a question on talent availability in the market, he said that the world has become a very small place as the mobility is so fantastic and scarcity of resources is a critical issue. Giving examples of recent surveys, he said they all call resources are one of the critical issues. “Jobs are changing as jobs of today are not jobs of yesterday and we don’t know the jobs of tomorrow,” he added. People based in troubled economies want to move, he added. “People are coming here [Dubai] from different places.

Dubai’s geographical position is key for attracting businesses as it rightly located between Europe and Asia, he said, adding: “In our view it’s a fantastic place to work. Dubai is going to be major centre of aviation, manufacturing, IT, bio-technology etc in future.

Regarding Dubai’s attractiveness on tax-free income, he said that tax-free thing is becoming a ghost in Western countries, but there are several reasons to move to Dubai. Giving examples, he said: “Quality of life, healthcare facilities, international education standard, commuting time, peaceful environment families are a few things.” In addition, he said, Dubai is an international experience that provides interaction with multiple nationalities and multiple cultures. “If someone willing to enhance its profile, this [Dubai] is the best place,” he explained.

He said top profession in demand in the UAE and region are technology, construction-related jobs, oil and gas, engineering, supply chain, consumer, luxury retail, aviation and etc. Borg, who is also look after Europe for the company, said: “Dubai is looking much more green and rosy than Europe. In Europe, we have 27 members and we have 27 different situations because of the economic issues. The market is highly regulated.”

Globally, MRI Network has more than 3,000 search and recruitment specialists and has a shared network database of over 1.5 million candidates. MRI Network is a wholly owned subsidiary of CDI Corporation, with over 700 franchised offices worldwide in more than 35 countries.

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