Case Study - Malaysia Petrochemicals

Malaysia - Volume Recruitment for a Major Refinery

Our client is a fully integrated oil and gas multinational ranked among the largest corporations on Fortune Global 500®.

NES Fircroft was awarded an umbrella manpower contract to support our client throughout the
construction and commissioning of the Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PRefChem) project in Pengerang Johor, Malaysia.

They required over 500 personnel across a range of inspection, supervisory and engineering disciplines. The primary challenge was sourcing the large volume of technical staff needed within a tight project completion deadline, which was hindered by the restriction of the short-term contracts that were on offer. The maximum contract duration was just 6 months.

Our Solution

NESF assigned a team of discipline-specific recruiters from our Kuala Lumpur office dedicated to this scope. Our Kuala Lumpur office acts as our Asia Pacific hub and as such has a broad reach across the Asian continent in order to access the most specialised talent pools; we were well equipped to source the high volume of personnel and provided a full suite of recruitment and global mobility services to the client.

Our services comprised:


  • Search and hire
  • Contract staffing
  • Salary benchmarking and market mapping

Extensive Assignment Support

  • Visa and immigration services
  • Payroll and taxation
  • Travel and transport

Our comprehensive and detailed methodology ensured 100% compliance for all parties throughout the onboarding experience and through the duration of the assignment.


The results of our support

We interviewed 750+ contractors

  • Our dedicated team acted as the client’s liaison point and provided rapid access to talent.
  • Our tried and tested local logistics and supply chain methods allowed us to deliver a fast onboarding and mobilisation process to get our contractors to site as quickly as possible.
  • Our reputation precedes itself on site; we are now supporting over 50% of the staffing requirements on the project, including referred candidates as well as ones we have sourced from elsewhere.

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