Oliver Wyman Refugee Recruitment Efforts Cited in Financial Times

Oct 26, 2015

On Monday, October 26, the Financial Times noted Oliver Wyman's efforts to recruit qualified refugees in an article entitled "Refugees who seek to build a new life through work."

The FT article explores the challenges facing many skilled refugees as they seek work in European countries that would benefit from their experience. The article refers to efforts across Europe to help hire qualified candidates, including Science4refugees, a program launched in October by the European Commission, which matches refugees with a science background to scientific institutions that declare themselves to be “refugee-welcoming organizations."

Regarding Oliver Wyman, the FT writes:

"The example of Oliver Wyman, the management consultancy, highlights some of these challenges. It recently responded to the arrival of migrants from the Middle East with a pledge to hire professionals in its European offices.

‘We are watching thousands flee violent conflict and danger in search of a future for their families,’ Scott McDonald, the chief executive, announced in September. ‘We want to do our part and plan, where we can, to recruit qualified candidates from the refugee populations in Europe.’

In practice, the pledge amounts to 10 skilled refugees by the end of the first quarter in 2016, a minuscule contribution. So far it has offered jobs to two: an Iraqi and a Syrian. Yet this has demonstrated the constraints of its traditional hiring process.

‘We recruit from a narrow range of places, mainly from a small group of universities. We might have to take some risks,’ Mr. McDonald said."

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