April 2009: Drake & Scull rebuild recruitment process
DRAKE & SCULL INTERNATIONAL PJSC TO REBUILD RECRUITMENT PROCESS WITH BOND TALENT
Bond International Software to vastly reduce cost and time per hire for Drake & Scull International PJSC with online recruitment and talent management software, Bond Talent
7th April 2009: Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI), the UAE-based end-to-end service provider of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) contracting, infrastructure, water and power (IWP) and civil contracting services, has signed a five-year contract with stock-market listed Bond International Software to deploy Bond Talent - a fully-hosted online recruitment & talent management software solution. The solution will provide an online web portal-based recruitment application and applicant tracking system throughout DSI's UAE operations.
The 12,000 employee-strong DSI, whose recent projects have included the Shangri-La Abu Dhabi Hotel, the Park Place Tower and Marina Mansion in Dubai, will use the system to automatically manage the internal processes of flagging, creating and authorising vacancies, of which there may be anywhere up to 2,000 at any one time. Through Bond Talent, the recruitment team can then rapidly attract appropriate candidates for the line managers to interview through the online applicant portal, improving their chances of securing the best talent available. This process has until now been entirely manual and paper-based, resulting in times and costs per hire being unnecessarily lengthy and high.
Zeina Tabari, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at DSI, comments, "Historically, we have wasted a substantial amount of time, and therefore resources and money, managing a needlessly slow recruitment process. Our paper-based practices were simply unsustainable for the amount of recruiting we were doing. At our highest, we were managing almost 2,000 vacancies and receiving on average about 100 applicants per day."
Tabari continues, "The immediate advantage of Bond Talent will be that we will instantly automate our recruitment process to make opening and filling a vacancy faster, but also from receiving the very first online application, we will be generating our own talent pool. Any applicants that are not successful in their original submission are then 'kept on file' for when a more appropriate position is available. This function on its own will reduce our dependency and spend on advertising vacancies."
Tabari comments, "Bond was chosen primarily because of their pedigree in the corporate and agency recruitment software market, and also because of their global reach. It was this international experience that gave us the confidence that we would be fully supported and our regionally specific needs, such as the UAE working week, could be easily attended to."
Tim Richards, Managing Director of Bond UK, concludes, "The Middle East is a key and strategic target for us and we recognise the massive potential this growing market represents, both for the agency and corporate sides of our business. We are fully equipped to provide a seamless service internationally as by virtue of hosting the software in the UK and allowing customers to access it over the web, rather than them having to manage and maintain it themselves, we are practically limitless in where we can offer our services."
Bond Talent is a specialist application for the global recruitment and talent management markets which has been designed to greatly reduce hiring costs and to enhance the strategic capability of in-house resourcing teams. The system is user-friendly and flexible allowing for reduced paperwork and improved efficiency. This gives key recruitment staff more time to concentrate on development rather than administrative tasks.