​How are current travel restrictions affecting talent pools in the Middle East? Where are their current skills shortages and how can technology play a role to alleviate the current challenges?

Our MD for the Middle East region, Darren Grainger offers his view to Pipeline Oil & Gas magazine.

On Travel, Darren said:

“In the current business environment for companies looking to hire, the main challenge will be the impact from travel

restrictions as well as talent development. The traditional demographic of nationalities in current roles in the region for expatriates is

being severely challenged with new emerging talent evolving in new lesser-impacted COVID-19 affected countries,”

Adding that “the talent pool within a country or in neighbouring countries is now a hugely attractive proposition for companies looking to hire.”

On Technology:

“As specialists become available over the coming weeks and months, leveraging technology to conduct interviews and sourcing local talent will be key.”

Grainger adds “NES is supporting its clients’ with video technology to connect them with candidates and delivering the capacity to interview anywhere through a mobile device.”

On Skills shortages:

Skilled talent has been a challenge in recent years. Grainger said this is because “during the last downturn graduate recruitment and apprenticeships were cut severely. Additionally, a new challenge now presents itself. Technology skills are now in demand and conversely competition for engineering talent is now fierce with tech firms in particular that are going after the same students who would historically have chosen oil and gas,” he said.

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