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UAE cos are the best employers in the Middle East - study

List of top 12 best employers for 2009 in region published - Hewitt research.

Companies from the UAE dominated a list of the best employers in the region, the results of a study revealed.

Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting firm, announced names of the Best Employers in Middle East at an awards ceremony in Dubai.

Kuwait-based Alghanim Industries, Oman’s BankMuscat and the Middle East division of Deloitte & Touche were among the winners.

But UAE’s six companies featured in the top 12 list making it the country with most entrants in the list.

Hewitt Best Employers in Middle East 2009 are:

Alghanim Industries, Kuwait, BankMuscat SAOG, Oman, Deloitte & Touche (M.E.), Middle East, Fine Hygenic Paper FZE, UAE, First Gulf Bank, UAE, Jones Lang LaSalle- Middle East & North Africa, Marriott International, UAE, Microsoft Gulf FZ LLC and Microsoft Egypt, Procter and Gamble Near East- Beirut Office, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, Emerging International Best Employer from Middle East: Jumeirah Group, UAe, Emerging SME Best Employer in Middle East: Magrudy Enterprises LLC, UAE

The CEOs and HR heads of the best employers were honoured in person at the event.

The study revealed some other key findings. It has emphasised the value of the HR function as it “plays the role of an expert people administrator and strategic business partner”.

According to Hewitt’s research, the best employers are better at career development, they provide better benefits, are better at delivering the employment promise, make significantly better investments in employee development, are better at work assignment and performance management and are better at making employees feel valued.

Debabrat Mishra, Consulting Business Leader - Middle East, Hewitt Associates, said: “This study is of tremendous value to the region as it raises the standard of people practices across the Middle East. This was a need that was not being met in the market, and we were very pleased to be able to support a much-needed initiative.”

Hewitt's Study partners included the Dubai Knowledge Village, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, the Tamkeen (Labour Fund) in Bahrain, and the American Chambers of Commerce in Egypt. Dr Ayoub Kazim, Executive Director of the first Study Partner, agreed.

Earlier this year, Hewitt reported that the representative employee base registered for the study was over 150,000 employees from across the GCC and Levant region.

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Surprise 10 years ago

It is again reiterating the fact that Multi Nationals are no more the preferred employer. Except for P&G in Beirut ( probably a small set up) , no multinational is in the list. MNC's should take a clue if they have to retain the talent.

Joe 10 years ago

I know executives at the Jumeirah Group who have been terminated over the last few months due to the economic downturn. How can the Jumeirah Group be considered one of the best employers when many of their executives live in fear of the next round of cutbacks??? I don't care how many benefits an employer is offering, if they have a history of dumping people during difficult times to save money then I don't want to work for them!

Madhulal Bhatia 10 years ago

It is really pleased to note that some of the companies are taking care of their employees. The human capital is very deer and it should be preserved as employees are the real assets of the companies. The best employers are better at career development, they provide better benefits, are better at delivering the employment promise, make significantly better investments in employee development, are better at work assignment and performance management and are better at making employees feel valued. The welfare of the employees and their development will bring always good results to the employers. This fact has been proved and should be appreciated. During critical time, the personal development of the employees and unattended future plans should be taken care of. Good luck.

Christian 10 years ago

Its please to see Marriott in the list but not more than expected this is the whole philosopy of the company. Google some and you see they are world wide in the top. For diversity for minorities etc.