By Gavin Gibbon
HireRight GM for EMEA, Peter Cleverton, says brands are at stake at world showcase event
Employers hiring for Expo 2020 Dubai are being warned to make sure they take on the right candidates, or risk damaging their brand on the world stage.
According to the Middle East Spotlight, EMEA Benchmark 2019, from international screening agency HireRight, as many as a third (33 percent) of businesses have sizeable growth plans, expecting to hire at least an additional six percent of their current workforce.
Peter Cleverton, general manager, EMEA, HireRight, told Arabian Business in the ensuing war of talent, those recruiting for the expo cannot afford to make mistakes.
He said: “People have got to start the hiring process for the expo sooner rather than later because it isn’t an endless pool of talent. Yes we know people will travel for it and work for it and come in for it, but it’s about making sure that they’re on song and trained and ready for the expo.
“Because it’s such a global event and all eyes will be on that event, you need to make sure that the person who is representing your brand is that person because that’s where you’ll get the largest brand impact.”
The HireRight report revealed that 69 percent of Middle East companies surveyed said they had uncovered issues through screening; 75 percent of screening uncovered previous employment discrepancies, while 63 percent highlighted education credential discrepancies. Some 67 percent found issues with mid-level hires and 20 percent with senior level hires.
“You’d be surprised how often people still falsify their CVs, falsify their degrees, falsify any information they want, won’t tell you about a career break they’ve had,” said Cleverton. “There’s all of that information, especially in the regulated roles, like in finance, that we need to make sure there are no gaps, that it’s all concise, that we have all of that information detailed.”
HireRight has operated a Dubai office for four-and-a-half years and has recorded double-digit growth since its launch here. The company works with First Abu Dhabi Bank among many other clients in the region, as well as the Neom and Qiddiya giga-projects in Saudi Arabia.
Similar to the expo in Dubai, Cleverton stressed the importance of getting hiring decisions is paramount, with so many roles to be filled, particularly in the kingdom.
He said: “Because they’re all under one head (Saudi’s Private Investment Fund), I think it’ll be a war on talent internally. I think we’ll see a lot of internal movement. But again it’s about attracting those people over to Saudi Arabia and making it the ‘go to’ place because it is the most exciting thing happening globally, the building of that city (Neom) and getting it off the ground.”