Winner: NES Global Talent

Sponsored by: 6CATS International

NES Global Talent delivers compliant workforce solutions, providing candidates across the oil & gas, power, construction & infrastructure, life sciences, manufacturing, chemicals and mining sectors worldwide. With more than 45 offices in 28 countries, the company has access to the best international talent. Despite the difficult trading conditions over the 12 months in question, the company has managed to not only increase its market share within oil & gas, but also successfully transfer this brand reputation to new sectors.

• For the past 24 months NES has been on-site in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, near the border with Yemen, supporting gas and chemical supplier Air Products. Yemen is experiencing civil unrest and military conflict, so Air Products needed a partner with in-country expertise to source quality candidates and mobilise them safely, co-ordinating the visas and travel for this troubled region.

• G2X Energy had to staff an operations and maintenance team to run its greenfield gas-to-methanol plant in Texas, US. The site is in a difficult region for recruiting talent, owing to the stable workforce and the retention strategies of the many well-established plants in the area. NES, through its local and international talent pools, was able to source and attract the required large workforce.

• The firm’s response to the sudden illness of one of its contractors for BP, based in Oman, showed the excellent candidate care. When the contractor suffered a heart attack, NES first attended the local hospital and later arranged for him to be repatriated to the UK, acting as a liaison point throughout his illness and recuperation.

• The company showed innovation by embarking on a survey of the oil & gas market in partnership with job board Oil and Gas Job Search, in January 2017.

Judges’ Comments:

“The winner showed an impressive knowledge of the international market it operates in, and has supported clients and candidates in some of the most challenging locations in the world.”