MEP design sector lacks talent in ME region, says recruitment expert

BIM coordinators and engineers are in great demand.

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James Mowat, manager – international, MEP Building Services Recruitment Consultant at Energi People.
James Mowat, manager – international, MEP Building Services Recruitment Consultant at Energi People.

There is a shortage of talent in the MEP design sector in the Middle East, says James Mowat, manager – international, MEP Building Services Recruitment Consultant at Energi People.

“There is still a huge shortage of talent in the region in the MEP design sector; BIM coordinators/engineers are at an increasing premium as more firms understand the challenges of BIM, Principal Level engineers & engineers who are able to help companies with business development to secure more work are all in high demand.”

Mowat told MEP Middle East that there are a lot of opportunities in Dubai. He says: “Dubai is where most projects appear to be being awarded, with a lot of work waiting to start associated with Expo 2020 and other large developments. Payment is still a huge challenge for all in the region, which impacts every party involved on a project, highlighting the need for transparency and consistency."

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According to Mowat, Energi People, as a company, will continue its level of service, support and collaboration with its clients and candidates which has firmly placed itself as the number one MEP recruitment company in the region for over a decade.

He added: “I am very passionate about this industry which I have now worked as a part of in the GCC for over 12 years and personally feel it is essential to add value (outside of recruitment) across the region and I am hoping to work closely with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) UAE this year, to help raise their profile and also help engineers develop in their careers and gain chartered status.”

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