Select Offshore provides crewing and recruitment services to the offshore wind farm and oil & gas industries globally, with clients across Europe, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Nigeria. The company positions itself as a staffing solutions provider, rather than purely a supplier of labour.
- Recruitment in these specialisms is typically with large employers who impose their own terms, and the company has made compliance in the supply of key workers a sales strength. Select is certified under the Maritime Labour Convention and manages a complex supply chain, including transport to offshore sites worldwide, visas, international tax regulation, testing, health and safety.
- The market brings its own challenges – staff must fully understand the roles they recruit into. Pulling a worker off a remote offshore wind farm because they are unsuitable or circumstances change is not practical.
- The Covid-19 pandemic brought a specific set of demands. The company has provided a wider range of services in order to keep up the supply of key energy workers; for example, in chartering planes to complete crew changes in countries with closed borders. The provision of a Covid-19 quarantine hub in Amsterdam was a big benefit to existing clients, but was also a way to develop relationships with new ones.
- In addition to this, the firm has managed to grow its recruitment business extensively; it has strengthened its sales capacity and processes, improved management information and ensured that its own internal processes (employment contracts, policies, all terms of businesses) are compliant and up-to-date, introducing a new CRM and accounting software to facilitate this.
Judges’ comments: “We were impressed with the combination of breadth of service and financial performance, along with the ingenuity and the scope encompassed into their service, in particular with the international mobilisation of the workforce and all of the extra work required to make the service possible.”
Also: The judges were delighted to see the tremendous diversity in applicants, the level of growth and expansion in this category, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation and niche businesses.