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Contract staffing firm expecting 30% growth

Mahesh Shahdadpuri, CEO and managing director of TASC, said he has noticed a 15 to 20 per cent annual increase in the number of companies seeking their services.

TASC, which claims to be the “leader in talent and people management solutions”, has more than 3,000 personnel outsourced to over 150 clients in the private and government sectors in the region.

The employees under the TASC payroll are from over 47 countries. They have expertise in sales and marketing, administration and support, and can work in various businesses including retail, contact centres, oil and gas, banking, fast-moving consumer goods, airline and telecommunications.

“The highest demand for contract staff is for IT personnel, call centre employees, retail promoters, including short-term promoters during events or peak seasons, office admin staff and experienced oil and gas professionals,” Shahdadpuri told Gulf News.

Contract staffing allows employers to hire workers for a specific period of time, which can last for one month or several years. The recruitment option is believed to help employers save up to 30 per cent in manpower costs because the contractors are employed by a third party and they avoid paying legally mandated benefits, such as medical insurance, gratuity and paid sick/vacation days.

Shahdadpuri said he expects to see a rise in demand for contract staff in the UAE, as more companies are looking for ways to remain productive without spending so much on headcount. “Some of our retail clients entirely depend on [us] to deploy sales staff and manage their day-to-day transactional activity related to attendance, payroll and sales, among other tasks,” said Shahdadpuri.

“As a result, clients have reported over 15 per cent increase in sales, as they are now better equipped to focus on strategic competitive challenges, while leaving day-to-day [human resources] administration and talent acquisition challenges to [a contracting firm],” he added.

Shahdadpuri said contract staffing does not only save costs for the company, it also provides freedom to source hard-to-find skills within tight timelines. “This is especially true in IT and enterprise software projects. Project managers can rely on TASC to provide short-term and long-term complex skills and deploy them fast to deliver results,” he said.

“They can test the talent and then choose to convert the resource to a permanent employee depending on their requirement in the long run. These benefits are especially relevant in UAE’s current economic environment, where business efficiencies are being tested and there is a need for an elastic workforce.”


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