HR manger discuss challenges for firms in retaining talent

Qatar, 14 May 2014

The key challenges faced by companies in attracting and retaining talent in Qatar were discussed at a gathering of senior human resource professionals yesterday.

The event, organised by regional online recruitment firm GulfTalent, was attended by more than 100 HRmanagers from leading companies in Qatar.

The discussion panel consisted of senior representatives from Ooredoo Group, Hassad Food, Ramco Trading, GEIC as well as GulfTalent.

The panel commented on Qatar's position as the Gulf region's second most popular destination for expatriates, which helps the country attract strong expatriates talent, while at the same time it faces stiff competition from employers in the UAE.

Also under discussion was Qatar's strict rules, which provide some protection to employers against poaching by competitors, but severely limit the employers' ability to hire the talent they need from the local market.

The panel further touched on the rising cost of living in Doha and its implications on salaries and retention. The high cost and limited availability of schooling options for expatriates with families were also cited as major challenges for retention of expatriates during the discussion.

The impact of the Arab Spring on supply of talent from certain countries in the region was another topic that received mention during the session.

Participants in the event consisted primarily of human resource managers and directors of large companies in Qatar, both public and private sector, representing a wide cross-section of industries.