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UAE – Workers encouraged to look beyond their borders for experience

07 October 2013

Human resources and recruitment professionals say that there is an increasing need for internationalisation within companies in the UAE, reports gulfnews.com. Speaking at the Talent & Career Development Conference 2013 held in Dubai last week, recruitment professionals are working together to address the challenges and trends in the industry.

Stacey Reynolds, UAE managing director of consultancy firm 10Eighty, said: “Companies need to increase diversity if they want to be truly international. Putting a woman on the board is not enough.”

International experience has become increasingly important when assessing potential candidates, particularly when applying for positions outside your home country, and especially for people managing internationally-based staff.

Ms Reynolds said there was a growing expectation that home country managers with overseas staff should have international experience.

Abdul Muttalib Al Hashemi, managing director of national employment and development solutions firm Next Level, said Emiratis should consider working abroad in an effort to improve their future employment opportunities in the UAE.

Attendees at the conference highlighted several challenges in recruiting nationals, including company loyalty and salary expectations.

Mr Al Hashemi said despite stereotypes, it was no longer about compensation for Emiratis looking to enter the workforce to change companies. He said that career development was becoming increasingly important.

HR professionals agreed that career development should be outlined during the recruitment stage for both expatriate and national employees. They said this gives staff a clear outline of their future in the company.

Aisha M. Al Shareef, director of talent and organisation development at Dubai Holding, said recruitment was becoming an increasingly longer process as companies looking to find the right candidate. She said it can now take four to five months to find a candidate with the necessary skills and calibre.

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