By John Lee.
NES Global Talent, the manpower solutions provider, has opened a second office in Iraq.
The new Erbil operation in Iraqi Kurdistan will act as a business hub for activity across the wider region, meaning it is on the ground to support its contractors and key clients and able to make the most of the opportunities available across Kurdistan.
Vikram Nanda, NES Global Talent Operations Manager in Iraq, said:
“Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the hottest spots globally for the oil and gas industry. The size of the oil market has attracted many leading operators and huge amounts of investment.
"Currently, the majority of companies are at exploration stage and once this turns to production the need for manpower will increase significantly. We will be best placed when this happens.
“In northern Iraq and Kurdistan we are seeing a great deal of growth in operation and drilling services, with in-demand disciplines including subsurface, project services and operations and maintenance while in southern Iraq, existing oilfields such as Rumaila are also going from strength to strength and creating more and more job opportunities.”
The Erbil office is managed locally by NES Global Talent Recruitment Manager Glyn Evans, who has more than 15 years’ oil and gas recruitment experience. The company plans to make more hires in Iraq and Dubai throughout the coming year.
Darren Grainger (pictured), Regional Director - Middle East at NES Global Talent, added:
“In northern Iraq and Kurdistan we are seeing a great deal of growth in operation and drilling services and as the skills shortage intensifies, the role of companies such as NES Global Talent becomes increasingly important.
“Our global network of offices has been opened strategically within oil and gas hubs, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to mirror the geographical footprint of our key clients, meaning we can deliver the challenging staffing projects that others cannot.”
(Source: NES Global Talent)