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Saudi contract fuels growth of Exeter-based Turning Point Recruitment

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

Exeter-based Turning Point Recruitment have secured a major contract with a Saudi-based engineering company. From left: Jacob Peterson, Lucy Brauer, Fiona Moran and Maria Brown

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Turning Point Recruitment have secured a major contract with an engineering company in Saudi Arabia.

The Exeter-based agency, part of Turning Point HR Solutions Ltd Group, have been charged with supplying their Saudi clients with UK qualified engineers.

A total of 300 people are required in 11 separate engineering disciplines within the oil and gas sector. The roles are based in the Middle East, with a minimum contract period of one year.

Lucy Brauer, head of recruitment at Turning Point in Barnfield Crescent, said: “This is another massive win for our Middle East operations and is further evidence of the substantial infrastructure growth in Saudi Arabia.

“Our Exeter-based team, which has doubled in size since the start of the year, are very excited by this new business as it further emphasises the value that our clients place on candidates from the UK.”

Turning Point Recruitment have also recently signed a partnership agreement with a Brazilian recruitment business to source candidates from Latin America and to offer UK candidates to the booming Brazilian economy.

Turning Point, which has been based in Exeter since 2005, also has offices in Riyadh and is about to open another in Bahrain.

The group’s three companies specialise in software for HR professionals, professional services focussing on employee reward and retention, and recruitment.

CEO Peter Brauer said: “The recruitment business is focussed on placing UK-qualified people into the Middle East where typically people take up three to five-year contracts to earn nest eggs which they then repatriate back to the UK to fund such things as deposits for houses.

“The Middle East has retained a healthy economy – with the exception of construction in Dubai during 2010 – and the growth in infrastructure projects throughout the Gulf Cooperation Countries is phenomenal, with Abu Dhabi planning projects worth in excess of £366 million and the creation of 10,000 jobs in construction alone.”

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