10 Best Employers in the Middle East for 2017


Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement, and health solutions, has announced the Best Employers Middle East for 2017.

In the most comprehensive employer benchmarking program of its kind in the region, participating organizations were assessed against Aon’s regional database consisting of more than 350 organizations and 275,000 employees, and Best Employers Middle East 2017 were selected based on achieving high levels of employee engagement, a culture of high performance, effective leadership and a compelling employer brand.

Organization (listed alphabetically) 



Best Employer in the Middle East (Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon) 

Emirates Fast Food Company  McDonalds 

Best Employer UAE 

Intercontinental Hotels Group 

Best Employer Middle East (Global Program) 


Best Employer UAE 

Marriott International 

Best Employer Middle East (Global Program) 

Marriott Vacation Club 

Best Employer Middle East (Global Program) 


Best Employer UAE 

Novartis Levant 

Best Employer Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine) 

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation  

Best Employer Iraq and Lebanon 

Sodexo Benefits and Services 

Best Employer Middle East (Global Program) 


Key insights revealed Aon Best Employers Middle East continue to lead with exceptional engagement scores of 81 percent –a lead of 20 points over the rest of the market (market average, 61 percent), and excel with 17 percent lower attrition levels while filling in 47% more openings internally compared to the market average. Best Employers also scored in excess of 20 points as compared to market average across employer brand, leadership, and high performance culture indices. Furthermore, in a competitive talent market, wherein learning and development and collaboration ranks high on employees’ list for a workplace, 87% of employees at Best Employers believe their organization strongly supports employee learning and development (market average, 62%) and 85% of employees at Best Employers feel there is effective cooperation between different groups/departments in the organization (market average, 62%).

Khalid Youssef, Employee Engagement Lead, Middle East, Aon Hewitt said: “Aon Best Employers measure and deliver extraordinary employee experience, around the four Best Employer indices of high employee engagement, effective leadership, compelling employer brand and high performance culture. This in turn enables them to outperform other organizations on a range of critical business, and talent metrics including revenue, profits, talent attract and retention, and productivity creating a sustainable difficult to replicate competitive advantage for their business.”

Christopher Page, CEO Middle East and Africa, Aon Hewitt, added: “Increasing technological capabilities and the need to more frequently connect with employees make measuring and tracking the employee experience easier and quicker throughout the employee life cycle. By combining rigorous data and survey science with powerful technology that provides deeper insights into the results, Best Employer organization have a continuous visibility of how their employees feel about working in their organizations. By implementing a continuous feedback, insight, and action loop they have the right data to measure and manage employee experience that has a direct impact on business outcomes.”


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