Many contractors in the Middle east are currently strugglingto source sufficient talent to meet their project requirements. According to Marcus Taylor of Taylor Sterling Associates, a consultancyfirm that specialises in recruitment in construction and engineering, a lack ofworkforce planning is resulting in many projects and schedules going off track.
Taylor went on to state that the difficulty is not limited to the ability to quicklydeploy a large workforce, but also the lack of semi-skilled workers in thetalent pool. Taylor projected that in 2018 the challenge of workforceplanning will be outsourced to avoid hold ups in development and shortages in therequired manpower and skillset. Companies are increasingly looking to developrecruitment partnerships with specialists as the landscape of recruitment andemployee retention continues to change. The challenge of attracting and retaining employees iscompounded by the unrelenting demand for foreign workers in the region. Failingoil prices and constant changes in recruitment regulations has not slowed down thepursuit of international talent.
Additionally, the industry is currently facing a major issuewith the change in demands from employees, educations levels have increasedsignificantly in recent years and with that the expectations of the workforcehave also shifted. In order to attract and retain skilled and semi-skilledworkers, companies need to invest in their training facilities and improvetheir reputation in the industry. Retention is becoming an essential component tothe success of any organisation, with development and welfare becoming leadingmotivators when employees are considering whether to stay with an employer. Outsourcing recruitment to specialists will lead to improvementsfor companies and the region’s construction industry in general, through professionalism,consistency and accountability.
It will also result in better services toclients, a reduction in risk and improved efficiency and performance. In the coming years, the struggle to secure talent willbecome more prevalent. The need for well-planned recruitment will be a keyfactor in attracting and retaining valued workers and enabling continuous developmentin the ever-changing market. Servhub can assist with recruitment and the management ofemployee facilities including accommodation, transport and catering. For moreinformation please call +971 4 368 2909.