Winner: NES Global Talent

The winner provides candidates across the energy, infrastructure, life sciences, manufacturing, chemicals and mining sectors worldwide. NES Global Talent has 58 offices across the globe, with consultants who are discipline-specific, and are backed by regional support teams on the ground and communicating in the local language to ensure the firm offers outstanding talent solutions.

  • The judges felt that although the standard of entries in this category was particularly high, NES Global stood out with its compelling financials: despite economic uncertainty, it increased its marketshare, acquired three competitor companies, posted a record contractor count of 10,500 and increased turnover to $1.2bn (£0.92bn).
  • Throughout the category, the entries delivered wide ranging diversity & inclusion initiatives, but the judges particularly noted NES Global’s support for disadvantaged indigenous populations, such as the Aboriginal population in Alberta, Canada. NES supported a project to work with high school students and apprentices and delivered the hands-on service to training courses, allowing students to make an informed decision about pursuing a career in the local oil industry.
  • NES showed outstanding supporting evidence from helping to train the first female driving instructors in Saudi Arabia to being a founding member of an organisation dedicated to advancing women in the energy sector – Pink Petro.
  • NES invested in training staff and have maintained an outstanding 99.9% compliance rate among its contractor population. To support clients, NES launched a broader diversity initiative highlighting the challenges faced by women working in engineering and introduced a number of initiatives to accelerate change.
  • To develop its own recruiters, the company introduced a career development framework for each employee to ensure they have a clear career path and know the skills they need to achieve their career aspirations. It also partnered with the University of Houston to create a graduate scheme to help build a pipeline of young talent to become the next generation of oil & gas recruiters.

Judges’ comments: “This was a very strong entry with an excellent mix of strong growth, customer service, learning & development, and diversity & inclusion. And for a large company the judges liked their focus on helping and developing individuals so they can grow and develop within the firm.”


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