Riyadh, July 26: Saudi Arabia with an aim to meet all the agenda of Saudisation, the Kingdom has planned to confine five sectors to countrymen, effectively banning thousands of foreigners from taking up jobs in them. The massive step of the rulers of Saudi Arabia will affect all the foreigners mainly Indians drastically.
Now only Saudis will be allowed to work in the tourism and health sectors, Al Qaseem markets, malls and temporary stands, the labour ministry said. Under new plans of labour Ministry, only Saudis will be allowed to work in the tourism and health sectors, Al Qaseem markets, malls and temporary stands.
However, the labour ministry hopes that 33,000 Saudis will be employed in the tourism sector by the end of 2018. Currently, 60% of the jobs in the sector are held by Saudi nationals. The ministry added that hospitals and health centres have signed contracts with 7,500 Saudi men and women to work as doctors and nurses and that the plans are to employ 93,000 by the end of 2020. Banning foreigners from working in malls will help the state find employment for 6,000 Saudis.
Interestingly, the labour ministry will build on the latest success of its Saudisation programme that banned expatriates from taking up jobs in the mobile sector and allowed more than 8,000 Saudis to be employed.
Another plan to recruit Saudi nationals in the retail service is expected to provide 20,000 jobs when it is completed, while the Saudisation of jobs in the car rental sector will offer employment opportunities to 5,000 Saudis.
Saudi Arabia is home to around 12 million foreigners, making up slightly more than one-third of the total population. Most of the foreigners are employed in the booming construction and service sectors.