AccorHotels reveals ambitious plan to employ 50,000 by 2021

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Time: July 02, 2018 

AccorHotels has noticeably been on an expansion spree lately. Just in the first half of 2018, the French company has acquired Australia-based Mantra Group, Chilean hotel group Atton Hotels, and ResDiary, a platform for restaurant reservation and table management.

In April, after rumours spread through the grapevine, AccorHotels confirmed the acquisition of Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts for US$567 million, and recently, the hotel company also forged a deal to buy Adoria, a catering tech company. For all of the acquisition and growth, AccorHotels senior vice president for talent and culture – Middle East and Africa (MEA), Rachel Moosa attributes the moves to the company’s “French spirit of conquest”.

But with a rapidly growing portfolio, the company needs an equally large number of employees. With a regional development strategy that has targeted opening up to 100 hotels, with a total of 50,000 rooms by 2020, AccorHotels has an ambitious plan to reach an employee mark of 50,000 by 2021 to ensure a smooth expansion process. “There’s a French spirit of conquest with Accor and so we brave (it out) and we have all these different ideas. We are driven to expand and grow but when you bring people, you have to help people understand that they are joining Accor,” Moosa points out. But AccorHotels MEA has been thriving in this department lately.

With a current total staff pool of 35,000 in the region, the company experienced a 16% growth in its colleague engagement score. The MEA region also outperformed when benchmarked against other hospitality companies and industries in the region, namely 70,000 organisations and 68 industries, which amounted to a total of 8.6 million employees who were surveyed for a review on colleague engagement.

Currently Accor in MEA has established a special management programme, tailor-made for Saudi nationals, called the Saudi Management Training Programme (SMTP). Currently, the company has 1,700 Saudi nationals working in the region, out of which there are 270 women and it plans to recruit 5,000 Saudis by 2020. But in order to rev up the hiring process to meet its 50,000 by 2021 staff target, Accor will have to opt for alternative options other than recruitment as it’s fast becoming “obsolete” as it believes talented people are not looking, but rather get noticed by employers for what they’re best at doing.

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