Leaders UAE 2019: Saudi Arabia ‘disrupting’ UAE talent pool

EXCLUSIVE: Leaders UAE 2019 panel agrees the UAE's and the GCC's construction firms must do more to retain talent

L-R: Taylor, Edmondson, Winterhalder, and Parsons.
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L-R: Taylor, Edmondson, Winterhalder, and Parsons.

Speaking at the Construction Week: Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2019, currently under way at the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre in Dubai, a panel moderated by Taylor Sterling's managing director Marcus Taylor, and comprising WSP’s human resources director, Caroline Parsons; ASGCs HR manager, Caroline Winterhalder; and Khatib & Alami's senior director, Steve Edmondson, explained how Saudi Arabia's construction boom was impacting the talent pool and construction jobs market in the UAE. 

Addressing the audience during the Attracting Accomplished Leaders to Drive Expansion panel discussion, Edmondson said that the Saudi Arabian construction market was “disrupting” the talent pool in the UAE, adding that there would be “natural migration” of workers in the years to come.

He added that having experience in the GCC was important for the consulting company whilst hiring new employees. 

Winterhalder said that bringing people from outside the GCC would bring “different perspectives” to the market, with the panel agreeing that while initiatives such as remote working and internal training and promotion would benefit the jobs market, the construction industry's HR practices have room for improvement. 

The Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2019 is supported by Gold Sponsors, HFW and Pinsent Masons; Silver Sponsors, Addleshaw Goddard, Exactal, and Al Tamimi & Co; Claims Sponsor, HKA; Legal Sponsor, Reed Smith; Lanyard Sponsor, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP); Intelligence Partner, ProTenders; Training Partner, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and Exhibitors, Deltek, Construction Computer Software (CCS), Beaver Gulf Group, Facilio, and CCC.

Visit Leaders in Construction UAE Summit's website for more information about the event.

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