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Aon announces 10 Best Employers in the Middle East for 2017
Saudi Arabia and UAE 2017 salary increases highest in the region
Aon Hewitt Appoints New Chief Executive Officer for Middle East
Aon Acquires Leading Provider of Talent Measurement and Psychometric Assessment


Aon announces 10 Best Employers in the Middle East for 2017

  • Most comprehensive employer benchmarking study in the Middle East sees 10 organizations stand out across various markets

  • Best Employers Middle East demonstrate 20% higher engagement scores compared to the rest of the Market

  • Best Employers Middle East filled 47% more openings internally and have 17% lower attrition compared to market average​

Dubai, UAE, 2 October, 2017 - Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement, and health solutions, has announced the Best Employers  Middle East for 2017. 

In the most comprehensive employer benchmarking program of its kind  in the region, participating organizations were assessed against Aon’s regional database consisting of more than 350 organizations and 275,000 employees, and Best Employers Middle East 2017 were selected based on achieving high levels of employee engagement, a culture of high performance, effective leadership and a compelling employer brand.

The Aon Best Employers in the Middle East for 2017 are:

Organization (Listed Alphabetically)        

 Category

DHL

Best Employer in the Middle East (Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon)

Emirates Fast Food Company – McDonald’s

Best Employer UAE

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Best Employer Middle East (Global Program)

Jumeirah

Best Employer UAE

Marriott International

Best Employer Middle East (Global Program)

Marriott Vacation Club

Best Employer Middle East (Global Program)

Mundipharma

Best Employer UAE

Novartis Levant

Best Employer Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine)

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation

Best Employer Iraq and Lebanon

Sodexo Benefits and Services

Best Employer Middle East (Global Program)

Key insights revealed Aon Best Employers Middle East continue to lead with exceptional engagement scores of 81 percent —a lead of 20 points over the rest of the market (market average, 61 percent), and excel with 17 percent lower attrition levels while filling in 47% more openings internally compared to the market average. Best Employers also scored in excess of 20 points as compared to market average across employer brand, leadership, and high performance culture indices. Furthermore, in a competitive talent market, wherein learning and development and collaboration ranks high on employees’ list for a workplace, 87% of employees at Best Employers believe their organization strongly supports employee learning and development (market average, 62%) and 85% of employees at Best Employers feel there is effective cooperation between different groups/departments in the organization (market average, 62%).

Khalid Youssef, Employee Engagement Lead, Middle East, Aon Hewitt said: “Aon Best Employers measure and deliver extraordinary employee experience, around the four Best Employer indices of high employee engagement, effective leadership, compelling employer brand and high performance culture. This in turn enables them to outperform other organizations on a range of critical business, and talent metrics including revenue, profits, talent attract and retention, and productivity creating a sustainable difficult to replicate competitive advantage for their business.” 

Christopher Page, CEO Middle East and Africa, Aon Hewitt, added: “Increasing technological capabilities and the need to more frequently connect with employees make measuring and tracking the employee experience easier and quicker throughout the employee life cycle. By combining rigorous data and survey science with powerful technology that provides deeper insights into the results, Best Employer organization have a continuous visibility of how their employees feel about working in their organizations. By implementing a continuous feedback, insight, and action loop they have the right data to measure and manage employee experience that has a direct impact on business outcomes.”

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Saudi Arabia and UAE 2017 salary increases highest in the region

  • Aon’s annual salary increase survey shows Saudi Arabia leading the way with 4.4% salary increase, followed closely by 4.3% in UAE and Kuwait, and 4.2% in Qatar

  • Highest salary increases across the region come from the Life Sciences (5.1%) and Hi-Tech (4.6%) sectors

  • Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar have the highest salary increase projections for 2018, at an optimistic 4.5%

Dubai, 11 September 2017—Saudi Arabia continues to lead the region in salary increases, according to a GCC-wide survey of 600 multi-national companies and locally-owned conglomerates by Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement, and health solutions.
The largest study of its kind in the Gulf region showed that, just as in 2016, actual salary increases remain lower than forecasted, influenced largely by a slow economy and low oil prices. The region-wide VAT, a tax on consumption, of 5% to be implemented in January 2018 is expected to help improve GDP growth; however, it will add to the rising inflation in the region, leading to cost pressures. While  employers choose to remain conservative in the projected salary increase of 2018, we may witness an upside in the actual salary increase, thanks to an improving economic situation as a result of increased government spending, stabilized oil prices, and the effects of economic transformation programs.
 

Including zeros and paycuts

 

 

 

Country

2017 Projected %

2017 Actual %

2018 Projected %

Saudi Arabia

4.9 

4.4 

4.5

Kuwait   
 
  
   

4.8

4.3

4.5

UAE 

4.6 

4.3

4.3

Qatar 

4.5

4.2

4.5

Bahrain

4.7

3.9

4.0

Oman

4.6 

3.9 

4.3

Actual salary increases this year are highest for the Life Sciences (5.1%) and Hi-Tech sectors (4.6%), while the Construction/Engineering and Transportation/Logistics/Shipping Services sectors suffered the lowest salary increases at an average of just 2.4%. This is similar to last year, where Life Sciences was also a highest paid sector (together with Consumer Products)   and Construction/Engineering experienced the lowest salary increase (together with the Energy sector).

Robert Richter, GCC Compensation Survey Manager, Aon Hewitt Middle East, said: “Despite lower than projected salary increases this year, there is optimism in the region over KSA Vision 2030 and Expo 2020—with the potential for thriving new industries and a significant level of job creation in the region as a whole. With the stabilisation of oil prices, we can also expect the economy to stabilise and strengthen in the coming years.”

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Aon Hewitt Appoints New Chief Executive Officer for Middle East

Dubai, 6 June 2017 – Aon Hewitt, a business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON) and leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, announces the appointment of Christopher Michael Page as Chief Executive Officer of Aon Hewitt Middle East and Africa. Chris will lead the firm’s expansion efforts across the Middle East and Africa.

Chris has more than 18 years of consulting and industry experience in the UK and Middle East.  He has worked with leading organizations, in the context of their Human Capital, to help them develop commercially aligned insight and deliver strategic, transformational and operational improvements to drive business performance.   

Chris was most recently founder and CEO of AnteCurvae HR Consulting FZE.  Prior to that, he led Mercer’s HR consulting business in the Middle East. He has been based in the Middle East since 2014 and before his move to Dubai in 2014, spent 5 years with KPMG, leading their People Services team in London and South East England.

Commenting on the appointment, Chris said: “Aon Hewitt already has a strong presence in the Middle East, and I am excited to take on the challenge of further driving growth for the firm in this region. I will provide dedicated focus to the region, and look forward to working closely with our colleagues to deliver unmatched value to our clients.”

Ray Everett, who has been leading the Middle East operations since May 2016, said: “We welcome Chris to the new role and wish him every success. I'm confident that Chris will build upon our strong capabilities in Middle East and accelerate results for our clients, colleagues, and communities."

Ray Everett has since been appointed Global President of McLagan, Aon Hewitt’s HR consulting and benchmarking firm for the financial services industry.
 

Aon Acquires Leading Provider of Talent Measurement and Psychometric Assessment

  • cut-e enhances Aon’s assessment and selection capabilities and strengthens its ability to help clients drive business performance through people

LONDON, 4 May 2017 – Aon plc (NYSE:AON) today announced it has acquired cut-e a global leader in online talent assessments based in Hamburg, Germany. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“At a time when the global workforce is shrinking, workforce engagement is on the decline and turnover among younger workers is accelerating, big data is changing the way organizations identify, select, deploy, engage and measure the effectiveness of their talent,” said Michael Burke, CEO Talent, Rewards & Performance at Aon. “Acquiring cut-e enables us to expand our assessment and selection capabilities into even more situations and geographies, providing even stronger insights and driving improved business performance and reduced volatility for our clients.”

With 35 offices around the world, cut-e assesses more than 12 million candidates across more than 70 countries in over 40 languages each year through its proprietary psychometric talent assessment tools and advisory services enabling clients to make better screening, selection and development decisions.
“In this tight labor market, organizations are keenly aware of the need to quickly fill their talent pipeline with qualified candidates who are the right fit for their organization and link talent measurement to an economically measurable business impact,” said Andreas Lohff, CEO, cut-e. “Combining with Aon’s advanced assessment tools and customized talent solutions will strengthen the value we bring to clients in the assessment and selection marketplace.”

With the addition of cut-e, Aon’s global Talent, Rewards & Performance  solution group  boasts nearly 400 assessment and selection professionals, including award-winning industrial-organizational psychologists who are helping employers use science and data to select and develop employees. Together, Aon and cut-e have more than 50 years of continuous operations in the assessment space. Combined, the organizations assess over 30 million job candidates using some of the most innovative and award-winning tests in the industry.

cut-e founders Andreas Lohff, Achim Preuss, David Barrett and Espen Skorstad will assume leadership roles in Aon’s Talent, Rewards & Performance solution group.