Robert Half opens first Middle East office in the Dubai International Financial Centre
Robert Half International (RHI), a global leader in professional staffing and consulting services, has opened its first Middle East office in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
The new office will house three divisions of RHI - Robert Half Finance and Accounting, dedicated to the hiring of finance and accounting professionals; Robert Half Financial Services Group for banking professionals; and Robert Half Technology for information technology specialists.
Abdulla Al Awar, Managing Director of the DIFC Authority said: “Identifying and attracting people with the right skills is key to business growth at any time, but in the current economic environment, it is particularly critical. With its vast global expertise, Robert Half will enrich and add considerable value to the pool of professional staffing and consulting resources available within the DIFC community. We look forward to providing Robert Half with the services and support they need to establish and grow their business in the region.”
Ian Graves, Robert Half’s Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “We see a lot of potential for our services, both in the UAE, specifically, and in the Middle East overall, as the market is still relatively young here. With our office in Dubai, we will be able to deliver experienced finance and accounting professionals to companies who are expanding or entering this important new market. The hiring market might be challenging due to the economy, but employers in the region still report a steady need for staff members with a proven track record.”
According to a Robert Half survey, conducted in March, 2009 among finance and accounting hiring managers in the UAE, 91% of respondents indicated they plan to maintain current staffing levels in their Finance and Accounting departments or to expand their team. Companies planning to hire indicated a need to do so largely in response to business growth, according to respondents.
"With more than 60 years of international experience, an international network and a reputation for thoroughly understanding the needs of both job seekers and companies, Robert Half is a highly respected recruitment resource, in any economic environment,” added Graves.
The new team in Dubai is being led by James Sayer, Senior Manager. Sayer has a significant track record in the recruitment market in the United Kingdom, Germany and, for the last four years, in the Middle East. He leads an experienced team with many years of targeted recruiting experience, specifically dedicated to their specialised areas.
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