Saudi Arabia: Plan to Replace Expatriates with Saudi Nationals in 12 Occupations within the Next 5 Months
Saudi Arabia is planning to replace expatriates with Saudi nationals in 12 occupations within the next five months. The first phase of the latest Saudisation drive will cover salespersons in car and motorcycle shops, clothing stores, children’s clothing, men’s accessories, home and office furniture stores, and sales of household utensils. Implementation will begin on 11 September 2018. A second phase, two months later, will include watch shops, optician shops, electrical appliances and electronic shops, and the third phase, which will start in mid-January 2019, will target salespeople in medical equipment stores, construction materials shops, auto spare parts shops, carpet shops and confectionery stores. The Saudisation of these 12 professions was announced in January when Minister of Labour and Social Development Ali Al Ghafees issued a decree to limit work in them to Saudi men and women from the start of the New Hijri Year. A committee was formed to develop a programme for nationalising the 12 occupations and to coordinate with relevant authorities. Committee members have been drawn from the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF), and the Social Development Bank.