Case Study - Oil & Gas

Recruiting HSE Personnel, Egypt

NES Fircroft is the client’s Exclusive Direct Service Provider. Our client has multiple drilling campaigns ongoing across their offshore and onshore assets throughout Egypt.

The Challenge

The client had encountered several health and safety challenges across their project portfolio, and subsequently tasked NESF to source a team of highly skilled drilling personnel to oversee the drilling operations and bring the HSE standards back in line with industry standards. 25 specialists were needed to staff a full team of Drilling Supervisors, Drilling Coaches and Drilling HSE Supervisors.

The personnel required were extremely challenging to find; candidates needed at least 20 years of industry experience in delivering multi-location drilling operations whilst managing large multi-cultural teams for oil and gas operators. The urgency of the requirement meant that the mobilisation timescale also posed a significant challenge - the client needed the personnel on site within just 3 weeks of engaging NESF.

The Outcome

NES Fircroft has an office in Egypt, staffed with recruitment consultants with a wealth of experience in supporting the local Upstream market. Based in Cairo, our team met with the client on a regular basis, at short notice, to ensure that the recruitment drive ran smoothly. We provided a full turnkey contract solution on an exclusive basis with the following value added services:

Competitive Hiring

Assignment Support

This included a meet & greet for all successful contractors, overseeing their medical assessments, orchestrating visas and work permits for expatriates and arranging travel logistics (including accommodation) for all personnel.

Quality Hiring


Our commitment to compliance in all areas of the business means we orchestrate due diligence to ensure contractors are fit to work at the specified worksite. For this project, compliance efforts included orchestrating medicals and training for contractors, and offering tax support.

Payroll services


Our award-winning payroll team issue online timesheets to make the process as hassle-free as possible for contractors. Our dedicated service and comprehensive methodology alleviated logistical burdens for the contractors and client alike.

The Results

Our experienced team interviewed 150 candidates at a first stage, shortlisting 80 with 35 making it through to a second interview stage.

  • We reduced their average time to hire by 35%.
  • The breadth of our international talent networks meant that we able to engage both expatriate and local talent for the project.
  • We delivered the initiative to the client’s budget and timeframe, thereby ensuring that the project remained economically viable and ensuring project continuity.

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