At the start of March 2020, Atlas Professionals have opened their office in Taipei, Taiwan. This branch is the 25th office for the global leading recruitment company and will predominantly focus on the expansion of offshore wind. Atlas’ established office in Singapore will be working in close cooperation with the branch.
Renewables is an important and growing business line for Atlas Professionals, which currently sees 35% of their professionals working in this industry. Martine Rondeel, Commercial Director and responsible for the global renewables division says: “Despite the current challenging situation we all face around COVID-19, I am very pleased with our expansion to Taiwan. It shows a further commitment to our clients by delivering local service and that we are able to focus on local content with the current travel restrictions. The office, based in Taipei, enables us to offer a compliant payroll and employment solutions for locals as well as expatriates.”
The Atlas team is currently supporting several developers and contractors in the supply chain and expect that this will expand with the local set up. “Establishing local footprint around the world has always been especially important to us,” says Rondeel. “We’re looking forward to expand our support to the global and local supply chain in delivering successful projects in Taiwan, where offshore wind power is rightly regarded as an engine for energy and economic industry transformation.”
Human Capital Challenge
Atlas’ has a vast, worldwide network and a track record in providing professionals for nearly all the wind farms in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Denmark since 2008. According to Rondeel, the challenge in Taiwan lies in finding qualified and experienced professionals because of localisation requirements. “Working in close collaboration with our clients, local education institutions and local government, we are eager to help preparing the workforce for future in Taiwan too,” says Rondeel.
“This development requires a more flexible outlook to human capital, focusing on not purely on knowledge and experience but also on behavioural competences as motivation, quality awareness and being pro-active,” she continues. “Atlas is very committed to support the development of the offshore wind industry in Taiwan, and the challenge ahead regarding human capital.”