Top employment issues in the Middle East in 2014 and beyond

By Sarah Lawrence and Ute Krudewagen

The Middle East, with its booming and increasingly diversified economy and rapid population growth, is a popular region for expansion by many foreign multinational companies.

But multinationals targeting the Middle East for business expansion need to understand the unique challenges it poses from an employment viewpoint.

The most significant challenge at present is the impact of the nationalisation programmes various Middle Eastern jurisdictions are implementing. Other concerns include setting up employee documentation, workforce policies and practices in the Middle East to allow for regional or global mobility, and managing risks relating to benefits and protection of confidential information and customer connections…

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