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Resource Planning for Projects

DulscoPrakash Parab, Director - HR Solutions, Dulsco Image Credit: Supplied

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The economic growth of UAE is indicative of the fact that many industry sectors are doing well on all fronts. Key government economic policies and the state-of-the-art infrastructure have been the crux and the driving force in bolstering the UAE economy. As per reports, the aviation industry is expected to contribute 32 percent to Dubai's GDP by 2020. With mega infrastructural projects underway and work for Expo 2020 gearing speed, UAE is seeing a surge in demand for resources to handle these projects. The requirements range from the project leads, engineers and coordinators to site foremen and workers.

The trend we have seen in such projects and requirements is to hire few resources on permanent nature. A large team of support staff at various levels are outsourced as temporary resources.

Prakash Parab, Director - HR Solutions, Dulsco, speaks from his vast experience of working with various organizations in the UAE.

One of the first steps towards planning your resource requirements in a project would be to segregate positions and categories that need to be of permanent and temporary nature. One of our clients set up their manufacturing unit in the UAE. They took time to recruit Managers and Supervisors with knowledge of the business from their home country. The rest was left to the HR experts - Dulsco. All other positions were outsourced from Dulsco. They therefore started with 10 young and willing helpers who wanted to improve and grow. The 10 helpers were gauged on their strengths and trained accordingly. The numbers and skills of the helpers grew with the company.

As seen in the above example, starting with a small team and training them to lead a larger team is a practice often followed in projects and start-ups.

Identifying the right HR Solutions partner to support your recruitment and outsourced manpower needs is of prime importance. Many organizations in the financial sector employ a large workforce through their HR Outsourcing partner to reduce the hassles of HR and visa processes. Working with such a partner can also help manage unplanned peaks in the project.

Another important aspect would be to identify talent pools. Today recruitment is not restricted to the region you are in. If your project involves smelting, you can identify regions or countries with smelters where you can find similar resources. Similarly, if your project is into Oil and Gas, you can identify countries that prides in their oil and gas activity. In our earlier example also, you saw that the owners of the unit employed experienced managers from their home country.

Business is often all about managing cost. HR is no different. You need to analyze your recruitment and HR costs. Hidden costs like admin costs, cost of running payroll, resource management cost, etc. are often eradicated through outsourcing. A logistics company in Dubai chose outsourcing to reduce their fixed cost. Unplanned peaks were managed and the reduction in fixed cost helped their bottom line.

Contrary to permanent staffing, the trend of temporary staffing solutions is gaining momentum in Dubai as business organisations are dependent on short-term solutions to support the workload. While industries like logistics, shipping, retail and IT often choose outsourcing to reduce headcount, fixed cost and manage peaks in business; for projects and start-ups, outsourcing is a necessity rather than an option.