Saudis not interested in jobs, moans car boss

Head of country's General Syndicate of Cars believes nationalising local workforce is "impossible"
Saudi men inspect a Lamborghini at a luxury auto show in Riyadh, late on October 10, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Beatrice Thomas
Sun 06 Oct 2013 11:32 AM

Saudi Arabia's General Syndicate of Cars (GSC) said nationalising the local job market was “impossible”, with few Saudis applying for positions, it was reported.

The secretary-general of GSC, Marwan Zabidi, said the syndicate’s 12-year efforts to 'Saudise' jobs had proved unsuccessful.

“Saudis are not interested in these jobs because they are temporary seasonal jobs and it requires hard work,” he was quoted as saying by Al-Eqtisadiah business daily.

“Some Saudis have also failed to pass the necessary medical tests due to certain illnesses.”

Zabidi said despite their efforts, including numerous campaigns costing more than SR500,000 ($133,373), it had only achieved 7 percent Saudisation.

He said only 2,000 Saudis and residents had applied for jobs at the syndicate this year, but 60 percent of recruits were made up of expatriates.

He said companies had resorted to recruiting workers from outside the country.

Zabidi described the Ministry of Labour’s requirement of a 10 percent Saudisation of jobs as “impossible.”

Zabidi said if dedicated institutions were not established to provide necessary training to Saudis as drivers, then Saudisation would never be realised.

“The relevant government bodies concerned with the Saudisation process are discussing possible solutions for Saudisation,” he was quoted as saying.

“Their recommendations will be submitted to the concerned authorities.”

The GSC expects to transport 1.3m pilgrims this year during the Haj season, compared to 1.6m last year.

“We’ve set up an administrative and security system to ensure the proper scheduling of drivers and to avoid their exhaustion which may cause accidents,” Zabidi said.

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