Posted on December 01, 2015

ASTAD Project Management has been named the “Best Talent Acquisition Team in Qatar” at the inaugural LinkedIn Talent Awards 2015. The awards ceremony, held at The Address Dubai Marina on the 25th November, celebrated the success of companies in the MENA region in the areas of talent acquisition and employer branding.

The award illustrates the company’s growing reputation as a recruiter of the construction sector’s most coveted professionals. Furthermore, it comes at a time when the industry is seeking new ways to attract high-caliber employees. According to research studies, there is an increased need for innovative approaches to talent management to help companies differentiate themselves. They have defined talent acquisition as, “a strategic approach to identifying, attracting and on-boarding top talent to efficiently and effectively meet dynamic business needs.”

Engineer Ali Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of ASTAD, said on this occasion: “This award illustrates the emphasis we put on recruitment, ensuring to provide the necessary expertise required to deliver complex, world-class projects. It also recognizes our commitment to the well-being of our workforce showcases our efforts in searching for the world’s most talented construction professionals who can assist in the delivery of iconic projects across the globe.”

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional online network, connecting more than 400 million members worldwide, including executives from every Fortune 500 company. More than 700 organizations across the region were considered for the Talent Awards, with ASTAD prevailing in a highly competitive field.

Ali Matar, Head of Talent Solutions, LinkedIn MENA, said; “We were very pleased to recognize our top Talent Solutions clients in MENA for 2015 in the inaugural ceremony, held in Dubai, UAE. Local brands have been celebrated based on their outstanding Talent acquisition strategy, engagement and results on our LinkedIn Platform. We believe that ASTAD's excelling in Talent Acquisition comes from a curated and strategic approach to social recruiting which in its turn contributes significantly to their brand strength and impacts positively their employee retention and engagement.”

Mr. Nasser Al-Hajri, Chief Human Capital and Shared Services Officer at ASTAD, emphasized the importance of ASTAD’s HR and talent management solutions, which combine research, analysis, strategies and the latest technology to facilitate talent acquisition.

He remarked: “This award demonstrates our enthusiasm, perseverance and commitment to creating the optimum environment for our employees so that they, in turn, can operate at the highest level of their profession. ASTAD’s major strength is its people, and I would also like to give recognition to our colleagues in the HR department whose high standards of professionalism and expertise are recognized by this award.”

The LinkedIn Talent Awards 2015 were presented in several categories, including Best Employee Value Proposition, Fastest Followers Growth, Best Recruiter, Best Career Page, Earliest Adopter, LinkedIn Adopter, LinkedIn Lifetime Achievement and the Top 10 Most In Demand Employers based in the MENA region. The event was attended by high-level executives and representatives from nominated companies, which included Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Petroleum, and Saudi Aramco.