Retailers need a joined up strategy to attract a global workforce, headhunter Harveen Gill told delegates at today’s Drapers Fashion Summit.
Gill, joint managing director of search firm HGA, said while UK retailers are growing internationally they need a strategy to ensure they attract the best talent to work in global markets.
“Many things need to be considered to attract the right individuals including recognition, reward and of course pay checks,” she said. “There is always one thing for every individual that will help them in the decision to live in another country.”
Mark Eve, chairman at Global Retail, agreed saying retailers must ensure they put processes in place to engage the team.
However, Gill warned that in some territories women were at a disadvantage. “In some regions of the Middle East if you are a male it is much easier to go into and work. It’s the white elephant in the room,” she said.
Gill added: “It is changing but in some regions it is difficult to work in as a woman, for example some parts of the Middle East, Russia and South Africa.”
Gill said much would change over the next five to eight years.
Mark Eve, chairman of Global Retail, said in order to attract the correct candidates to work in different territories they must be aware of the social aspects. “They must understand the culture and nuances,” he said. “Someone who has worked in a country with a similar culture is best suited.”