RECRUITMENT company NES Global Talent has appointed William Oram to lead its expansion in Papua New Guinea.

As country manager, Mr Oram will help the team meet increased demand for engineering and technical talent from the oil and gas, construction, infrastructure and mining sectors across the region.

“NES Global Talent has an outstanding reputation with a strong leadership team and major clients,” he said in a company announcement.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the growth of the business in PNG, expand our reach, enhance existing client relationships and build new ones.”

“Oil and gas, infrastructure and, to a lesser extent, mining are the main sectors of opportunity. From a recruitment point of view, candidates with developed skills in technical trades, procurement and management are in high demand.”

With the PNG LNG project now in its operations and maintenance phase, infrastructure had become the latest major growth sector, he said, with PNG, Australian and Chinese companies competing for lucrative contracts on major infrastructure upgrades.

“All regions are different and it is essential to develop expert local knowledge,” Mr Oram said.

“Being based here in PNG with local office employees, allows us to understand the issues our clients, candidates and contractors face.”

“The ability to meet clients and candidates face-to-face is essential. From a client viewpoint it is important we fully understand their business, allowing us to work in partnership with them, adding value through sourcing and supplying the most relevant candidates projects.”

NES Global Talent Australasian divisional director Gareth Broadrick said the appointment was a demonstration of the company’s commitment to expanding in the region.

“William will help us tap into new areas of opportunity in PNG and beyond. His experience and expertise will further strengthen the team and establish a solid base for future growth,” he said.

“Alongside this, our Brisbane office has continued to perform strongly over the last 12 months, requiring us to relocate to larger, more modern premises. This will provide a strong springboard for future growth.”