Leading UK recruitment consultants launch global engineering service

A new business specialising in global mobilization of gas and oil engineers has been launched.

After extensive research and fuelled by a surge in demand overseas for highly-skilled labour, Global Engineering Projects (GEP) uses cutting edge technology to deliver innovative recruitment solutions for ex pats looking to be placed abroad and re pats looking to return to work in their home countries. GEP also uses local workforces for every project.

With offices based in Australia and the UK, GEP is placing both civil and structural engineers as well as legal professionals in lucrative oil and gas extraction positions within the power and construction sectors via innovative video interviewing processes. UK qualifications are highly-regarded across the globe, offering huge opportunities for UK-based engineers looking to relocate.

GEP’s board of associate directors is a ‘dream team’ of highly successful industry leaders – Craig Slater, Mike Parker, Chris Howarth, Michael Lee, Robin Andrews, Phil Andrews and Andrew Thorpe. Their current focus is on placing highly skilled individuals in Middle East, South America, Europe and Asia.

Managing director Craig Slater is former UK director of engineering for Hays and Adecco (Roevin) and said: “I had become frustrated working within the International boundaries of a corporate entity and am now enjoying the freedom to trade with candidates and clients globally alongside the best people I have worked with over the last 15 years.

“Through technology we have reengineered our routes to candidates, which have significantly changed the delivery we can offer our clients as well as the overall candidate experience. In an overcrowded recruitment marketplace we believe there is no point in offering our clients what they have already. With the infrastructure and management team we have here, we are fully conversant with the tired tried and tested methods. Both our European and Australian offices are already extremely busy.”

Combining a wealth of experience with a forward-thinking and energetic approach, GEP’s dynamic team engages select and highly-skilled candidates on such a level that they understand each individual candidate’s situation and requirements and support them and their families throughout the process.

The company engages with professionals who are not actively seeking employment, but are open to job offers and the board has built on long-standing business relationships to forge further long-term partnerships with many high profile businesses who require repeat services across their various bases worldwide.

Associate director Michael Lee said: “I am part of a global business that despite having a heritage and a wealth of experience is fully capable of dealing with the accelerating rate of market change and adapts according to emerging trends. The converging capability of social media, mobile technology, and global business networks that connect employees, clients and candidates has forced successful consultants to be quick on their feet, responding to industry demands across several time zones at the flick of a dime.

“The combination of using the latest technology and our freedom to travel the world to meet our clients face to face really makes our business world a smaller place and I am excited to be part of a dynamic team that is truly global.”

GEP has quickly become a company that people want to work for as well as work with and the associate directors have drawn on their own expertise to recruit and retain their own team of specialist staff.

Associate director Mike Parker specialises in the most current technologies and has delivered major international campaigns to recruit hundreds of engineers across continents during 20 years within the industry. He said: “We find the best candidate, not simply the most available candidate for our clients and adopt the same process for our own workforce. We are committed to maintaining an invigorating work environment that is inspirational and fun.

“We encourage keeping fit and truly working smart within our own team as well as those we recruit on others’ behalf and all our systems function on any platform anywhere. Work is an activity not a place and we love what we do, whichever continent we are on.”

Chris Howarth who was formerly a top perm biller at Roevin with experience in Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe and South East Asia emphasises this, saying: “The flexible working environment we offer our own employees means clients benefit from the continuity we provide. Even if we are not at head office, we offer a full, 24-hour service and can help clients on another continent who are working to a seven hour time difference.”