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New female-focused recruiter aims to add flexibility to GCC jobs market

Hopscotch launches as it claims limited channels to find work are forcing women out of the workplace

New female-focused recruiter aims to add flexibility to GCC jobs market

Recruitment consultancy, Hopscotch, has launched to bring together professional women requiring flexible working options in the Gulf region and GCC companies looking for quality, shorter term hires.

The company said that with limited channels to find flexible or part time work, women’s skills and knowledge are being lost from the regional workplace.

In a recent survey of professional women in the GCC by MCG Group, 76 percent cited a lack of flexible options as their reason for not returning to work, with more than a third stating they would start tomorrow if the right opportunities were available.

The World Bank recently estimated that if women in this region participated as much as men, another 5 percent would be added to GDP.

Hopscotch, a subsidiary company of MCG Group, said it aims to change the game for professional women in the MENA region.

The brainchild of Helen McGuire and CEO of MCG Group of Companies, Justin McGuire, the company will work with professional women and the communications and admin/finance sectors to marry currently lost skills with flexibility and new ways of working.

Flexible working is a growing sector in the GCC region, popular among SMEs and larger organisations alike for its ability to provide niche skills and short term, easy hire solutions in an ever changing global economy.

The company said MCG Group research shows that 92 percent require employees who work non-traditional hours as part of their workforce and 80 percent encourage flexible approaches to time and location management by their employees.

McGuire said: “After a stint of maternity leave last summer, I had the chance to mix with so many super smart women who felt frustrated that they no longer had opportunities in the workplace.

"They were more than willing to be a dedicated resource and put their knowlegde and skills to much needed use, but because of family commitments an ongoing full-time role was not an option. Through Hopscotch, my mission is to spearhead that change."