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Breakbulk Middle East


Photo above: Day 2 at Breakbulk Middle East, Abu Dhabi: A great panel discussion on ‘Is the Talent Gap hurting the Project Industry’, moderated by Chris Kent on behalf of Pentagon Freight Services.

Our Project Director, Chris Kent, this week attended Breakbulk Middle East in Abu Dhabi. The Breakbulk conference is primarily focused on Project work within the Oil & Gas sector. Chris was asked to lead a discussion at the conference on the availability of personnel to our industry as well as our clients, service providers and sub-contractors.

A lively discussion was held with participants from different sectors, on the subject, “Is a Talent Gap Hurting the Project Industry.” The debate established that although there is currently sufficient talent available, a gap can be expected in the near future due to an expected increase in overall workload as well as recruitment due to the upturn in the industry.  Training and staff retention were discussed as possible solutions to the talent gap, and the pitfalls of not covering work with the correct quality and quantity of employees from the outset were also considered.