Amid oil boom, ClickOnHR opens Permian Basin office

28 November 2018

Houston-based HR consultancy ClickOnHR has opened its second office – in Odessa, Texas. The company deliver a suite of HR offerings to mid-market oilfield services firms.

Fracking technology has unlocked vast reserves in the Permian Basin, which spans West Texas and parts of southeastern Mexico. Access to that shale oil means that the US now has the largest reserves of recoverable oil in the world, according to a Rystad Energy report from earlier this year.

Production in the basin has breached record levels, with the Department of Energy estimating an output of 3.7 million barrels a day in December. Meanwhile, shale play output in December will have increased by over 840,000 barrels per day from a year ago. The world’s largest oil field – Ghawar in Saudi Arabia – by comparison, has a production capacity of about 5.8 million barrels per day.

With US oil topping $70 dollars a barrel, the number of active oil rigs in the Permian Basin has almost quadrupled since the low-point bust in 2016, when US oil prices crashed to $26 a barrel. Meanwhile, the favorable economics of extracting from the basin mean that some of the best-performing oil wells can break even at $22 a barrel.Amid oil boom, ClickOnHR opens Permian Basin officeThe massive production surge in the region means that the limited pipeline infrastructure has been overwhelmed. And though there are plans to build more pipeline capacity to the Gulf Coast and elsewhere, the current lack has led to discounts of as much as $18 a barrel, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, Texas oil companies are struggling to attract the amount of employees needed to meet demand – with national unemployment rates at the lowest level since 1969.

Human resources consultancy ClickOnHR aims to help firms in the basin tackle talent recruitment and retention challenges, while also offering a suite of HR services. To this end, the Houston-based company has opened an office in Odessa, Texas.

Founded in 2017, the ClickOnHR focuses on middle-market firms in oilfield services, including upstream and midstream, transportation/logistics, and construction. The new office brings the company closer to many of its clients, while also unlocking new opportunities in the region.

In terms of recruitment and retention, the firm offers recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and project based recruiting, executive and retained search, and direct hire services. The company's talent retention advisory services, on the other hand, help firms keep their human capital (and prevent productivity loss) as labor pool competition intensifies.

ClickOnHR additional provides services in HR administration, employee and labor relations, workforce planning, HR development, safety & risk management, and total rewards.

“Companies needing HR help but not ready to add to their existing staff ask us to provide things like HR advice, compliance audits, due diligence for M&A activity, recruiting and more,” said Rya Stone, ClickOnHR CEO. Stone considers the firm’s recruitment capabilities, especially for Class-A CDL drivers, as among its greatest strengths.

Commenting on the new office, ClickOnHR’s VP of Talent Acquisition, Heather Sanchez, added, “I love doing business in the Permian Basin. People here still operate on manners, respect, and a handshake.”

The firm’s new Permian Basin office is located at 4060 Faudree Rd, Ste. 104A, #206, Odessa, TX.


US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office

19 April 2019

Slalom is on the move again, this time expanding its UK footprint. The American tech consulting firm has announced plans to open a Manchester office in which it will employ 200 staff by 2025. The firm, which opened a London office in 2014, was formerly known as Slalom Consulting until a 2015 rebranding.

The announcement of the Manchester move follows a January relocation of its more than 700 Chicago-based employees from its office in Chicago’s Prudential Plaza to Aon Center, the third-tallest building in the city. Slalom’s previous space at Prudential was separated between floors, causing inconvenience. The new space at Aon is a marked improvement, in addition to the sheer size difference, with the move nearly doubling the firm’s floor space. The space will also utilize hoteling (scheduled workspaces), project-based workspace, and flexible areas for events and education. Slalom also expanded into Canada in 2016, opening an office in Toronto.

Paul Squire, managing director of Slalom’s London location, will head up the Manchester office. “I’m excited about working with our clients in the North West of England, helping them to deliver people-centric change, bring strategic solutions to life, and ultimately, to love their future,” he said.

Slalom has been one of Fortune 100’s “Best Companies to Work For” for four consecutive years, and has partnerships with powerhouse organizations including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Tableau. It employs more than 6,500 people in 29 offices across North America and the UK.US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office“Manchester is a city of digital enterprise with a wide range of strengths across industries including manufacturing, healthcare, utilities and consumer services; which perfectly complements Slalom’s breadth of expertise,” Dave Williams, UK Country Managing Director, said. "We're looking forward to collaborating with clients to shape their internal capabilities, building a team and investing in the local community."

“Greater Manchester is a hotbed for collaboration and innovation, making it the ideal location for pioneering businesses like Slalom. There are strong complementarities between Slalom and Greater Manchester’s efforts to collaborate with companies going through digital transformation and supporting them to grow within the region. Establishing operations within one of Europe’s largest digital and technology clusters will provide the consultancy firm with ample opportunities to join forces with the rapidly increasing number of world-leading brands that are choosing Manchester,” Tim Newns, chief executive of Manchester’s inward investment agency, added.

In December 2018, the firm launched Slalom Build, a software and tech product “Build-as-a-service” offering that enables companies to build cloud-native software and tech products. While Slalom is headquartered in Seattle, Slalom Build centers can currently be found in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, and Toronto.