Middle East’s Best Employers 2013: Is your firm on the list?

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Middle EastHave you ever felt that you’re lucky to be working for a company that takes care of its employees, pays well and offers enough flexibility to its employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance? You aren’t alone. A new study of the Middle East’s best employers has been conducted, and a UAE-based company has emerged at the head of the rankings of the top 15.

Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, has announced the highly anticipated ‘Best Employers Middle East’ winners, with three UAE-based companies leading the way in 2013.

DHL Express UAE has been named the region’s Best Employer – the second consecutive time they have featured in the awards – for their achievement and ongoing commitment to delivering employee engagement.

They are closely followed by Microsoft Gulf and P&G Near East, with DHL Express Oman and DHL Express Kuwait completing the top five. Two other UAE-based organisations have also received the illustrious title from Aon Hewitt, with retailer aswaaq and manufacturer Fine Hygienic Paper coming in 12th and 13th place respectively. Earlier in the year, The Great Place to Work Institute, a global research and management consultancy also recognised the best workplaces in the UAE.

DHL that was named as the top company by Aon Hewitt was ranked fifth by The Great Place to Work Institute whereas Microsoft came first on the list, released by the latter. [For full listing released by The Great Place to Work Institute please read – Revealed: Best companies in UAE to work for… is yours on the list?

Of the 15 organisations found to meet Aon Hewitt’s benchmarks for what makes a Best Employer, the UAE and Egypt are home to the highest number of recipients in the Middle East – with three each – followed by two in Kuwait and one each in Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

This study is based on responses from more than 267,000 people from around the Middle East. The companies were judged on the 360-degree view of the organisation’s employees, its leaders and HR practices.

Dr. Markus Wiesner, Chief Executive Officer at Aon Hewitt Middle East, said: “Participation in this year’s Best Employers is the highest yet, which is testament to the increasing focus that organisations across the region are placing on creating a positive work culture.”

“From the creation of positive brand advocates and a reduction in staff turnover to improved customer satisfaction, increased business performance and profitability, Best Employers has shown us time and time again how companies that take steps to engender high levels of employee engagement are better placed to harness the discretionary efforts of their team for the benefit of the business,” he said.

Best Employers Middle East 2013

1. DHL Express UAE (United Arab Emirates)

2. Microsoft Gulf (MENA)

3. P&G Near East (Egypt)

4. DHL Express Oman (Oman)

5. DHL Express Kuwait (Kuwait)

6. Microsoft Egypt (Egypt)

7. Marriott International (MENA)

8. Path Solutions (Kuwait)

9. Cairo Concentrate Plant, Atlantic Industries, A Subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company (Egypt)

10. TNT Express (MENA)

11. GPIC (Bahrain)

12. aswaaq (United Arab Emirates)

13. Fine Hygiene Paper (United Arab Emirates)

14. Coca-Cola (MENA)

15. Alkhabeer Capital (Saudi Arabia)

( E247)

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