Meet the team

Meet the team

Jamie Pennie - Business Director

Jamie has 9 years’ experience within the contracting and outsourcing recruitment industry, personally placing over 750 workers across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Based in Dubai, Jamie leads Hays Contracting & Outsourcing division. Together with his team, he partners with organisations throughout the Middle East, sourcing for them highly skilled contractors from across a range of different industry sectors.

Having worked on projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar, Jamie has an in-depth understanding of local labour laws. His passion for and experience in recruitment sees that he is up-to-date with latest technologies and skillsets in demand. He prides himself on being completely transparent, fair and trustworthy, in order to build lasting relationships with his clients.

Starting his career in Cardiff, Wales, Jamie rapidly progressed to a Senior Management role where he was responsible for a team of recruiters. His biggest achievement in the UK was successfully delivering a multi-hire assignment for the largest national insurance company. This involved recruiting over 70 workers across HR, Procurement, Finance, Office Support, IT and Digital functions for a significant digital transformation project.

Laura Canales - Resourcer

Laura is a dedicated Resourcer for Hays Contracting division. Recruiting across multiple domains, she has over 10 years of experience in sourcing top talent for organisations within the Middle East. Laura has worked on a range of niche roles, placing both Technical and Non-Technical professionals. She has a wide and diverse network of connections in the region and is always up to date with the latest methodologies and strategies in talent mapping. This, along with her strong knowledge of GCC Employment Law have seen her build an excellent track record in resource delivery.


Jemma Jarvis - Contracting Administrator

As part of the Hays Contracting team since its inception Jemma has provided a high level of care and service for all Hays contractors past and present. 

Jemma is able to use her accrued knowledge and experience within the GCC to assist contractors through onboarding, legislation, visa processing and provides ongoing HR and administrative support from monthly payroll right through to final cancellation and settlement.  

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