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The series of TALiNT Partners’ awards continued with the TIARA Recruitment Awards – UAE hosted in Dubai on 4th November and resulted in a resounding success. Ken Brotherston, TALiNT Partners’ MD, shares his experiences of a great week spent exploring Dubai and workforce trends in the region. 

It’s been over 10 years since I last visited Dubai so I was more than a little interested to see how much it has changed since I was last there. I was also looking forward to the three events we had scheduled for the week as I was hoping they would give me some insight into the talent challenges in the region and how they compared to our experiences with other markets.  

On a physical basis Dubai just keeps getting bigger; the rate of new buildings in the last decade is astonishing, as is the continuing speed with which new ones are going up. The limited time I did have by the pool (honest!) was certainly not spent in quiet contemplation, given the constant cacophony of pile drivers and dumper trucks; and if the scale of construction is a sign (*and it generally is) then there is no lack of confidence about Dubai (and the wider UAE’s future). 

But what about from a people perspective? Our three key sessions gave a wide ranging perspective: the first, at London Business School’s campus in the Dubai International Financial Centre, brought together the Head Of Staffing for LinkedIn for the region, Susana Correia, Ron Thomas, a highly experienced CHRO and one of the local market’s foremost commentators on workforce trends, and Michael Morcos, Vice Chair of the Board Practice  at Korn/Ferry, the world’s largest organisational consulting firm in a discussion with a group of executive MBAs. The key takeaway from this session was undoubtedly a confirmation that capable senior execs (and especially those with transformations and/or project management capabilities) are in more demand than ever before and, as employers become ever more flexible, on how and where their key execs work with them – it is opening up entirely new talent pools.   

Our second session of the week was our Talent Conference, bringing together key employers, staffing solutions providers and HR tech firms to look at trends across the wider market. Peter Hogg, Talent Acquisition Director, Schneider Electric demonstrated the power of creating an internal talent market place whilst Ghenwa Habbal, Head of Talent Management, Ford Middle East & Africa discussed how to use a digital capability to create a total talent approach.  

Darren Grainger, MD of NES Fircroft emphasised the importance of strategic supplier partnerships; Jonathan Rook, Managing Director of Sova Assessment highlighted the possibilities of digital assessment, not least for some of the large nationalisation programmes going on across the region.  

It was also very powerful to hear Nihal B. Hammad, Director, Human Resources, Albatha Healthcare Group, talk about diversity in the region and whilst it is important to balance D&I initiatives with local customs and practices, progress is being made. No doubt some might say not fast enough but that’s a discussion for a separate blog. 

Our final event of the week was the culmination of our TIARA staffing campaign to recognise the achievements of a range of staffing firms and solutions providers in the region and it was fantastic to see some of the impressive work being done by so many firms across the region and in particular to celebrate our Recruitment Industry Leader of the Year, Aws Ismail, of Marc Ellis Group who judges commended for his investment in establishing a strong team, an open and supportive culture and for his support for his local community through an incredibly difficult year.  

The MENA region, and the UAE specifically, is continuing to go from strength to strength. As we look at new ways of working combined with, for example, nationalisation programmes, this will help to open up new markets in which to trade or sell services and create a larger pool of educated and engaged talent. And as the region works towards a longer-term strategy of relying less on an economy based on fossil fuels, the energy and dynamism of the region will create a lot of exciting opportunities for some time to come.  

By Ken Brotherston  

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Trinnovo Group the biggest winner of the night!

On Wednesday 20th October winners of the 2021 TIARA Recruitment Awards were revealed at a Gala Dinner for 450 guests at The Brewery in London, attended by CEOs and senior executives from the UK’s top 500 recruiters.

“Resilience is a fitting theme for the 2021 TIARA Recruitment Awards,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director TALiNT Partners. “The COVID-19 crisis hit the staffing sector hard in 2020, but those best able to optimise their talent, technology, and brand have taken advantage of new ways of working and competing for market leadership. This year’s winners are the champions of change that the industry needs to adapt and prosper to a constantly evolving talent market.”

This year’s Chair of Judges was leading human capital dealmaker Katie Folwell-Davies, Investment Director of Twenty 20 Capital. Commenting on this year’s finalists, she said: “Those companies that stood out for me were those that had invested through the pandemic – in headcount and technology – and had been able to demonstrate through their KPIs and their numbers the growth that was going to come from that investment.”

Jason Martin, Head of Strategy at Access Recruitment – headline partner of the TIARA Recruitment Awards – judged categories including the Best Recruitment Company to Work For and Recruitment Leader of the Year. “What has stood out in recent years, but even more so this year, was the focus on D&I and L&D,” he said. “I have really been impressed by the lengths that recruiters have gone to to invest in their people and the technology to support that. Those businesses have come out of lockdowns in the best shape to succeed over the next year.”

Trinnovo Group was the biggest winner of the night, taking the awards for Growth Recruitment Company of the Year, Best Recruitment Company to Work For with revenues between £20m and £50m, and Recruitment Leader of the Year for its founder and chairperson Ashley Lawrence.

Reed Global chairman James Reed was inducted into the TIARA Hall of Fame for his successful international expansion of Reed, spearheading the Keep Britain Working campaign in 2020, and for being a high-profile champion of the recruitment sector and its economic contribution.

The 2021 TIARA Recruitment Awards campaign was supported by headline partner Access Recruitment and supporting sponsors including: 6Cats International, Blackwood Capital, Clearwater International, Fore:Two Group, Gambit Corporate Finance, Grant Thornton, Mercury, Mishcon de Reya, Odro, Parasol Group, PurePro, Saffery Champness, Sonovate, Twenty20 Capital  and VacancySoft.

The full list of TIARA Recruitment Award winners and highly commended finalists is as follows:

The Saffery Champness Hall of Fame Award

  • Winner: James Reed, Chairman, Reed Global

The PurePro Back Office Team of the Year

  • Winner: NRL

The Sonovate Client Service Award

  • Winner: Sigmar Recruitment

The Access Group Tech Transformation Award

  • Winner: Advantage Resourcing
  • Highly Commended: Omni

The Fore:Two Group Candidate Service Award

  • Winner: ersg

The Blackwood Capital Diversity & Inclusion Award

  • Winner: Goodman Masson
  • Highly Commended: Trinnovo Group

The Odro Innovation Award

  • Winner: La Fosse Associates

The VacancySoft Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Winner: Signify Technology

The Clearwater Growth Recruitment Company of the Year

  • Winner: Trinnovo Group

The 6Cats International Recruitment Company of the Year

  • Winner: NES Fircroft

The Grant Thornton Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year

  • Winner: Signify Technology
  • Highly Commended: NHS Professionals

The Parasol Group Temporary Recruitment Company of the Year

  • Winner: TFS Healthcare

The Mercury Best Recruitment Company to work for (£5m to £20m)

  • Winner: The Barton Partnership
  • Highly Commended: Xpertise Recruitment

The Twenty20 Capital Best Recruitment Company to work for (£20m – £50m)

  • Winner: Trinnovo Group
  • Highly Commended: JCW Group

The Gambit Best Recruitment Company to Work For (£50m+)

  • Winner: Amoria Bond

The Mishcon de Reya Recruitment Leader of the Year

Winner: Ashley Lawrence, Chairperson, Trinnovo Group

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