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Wed 4 Apr 2007 09:38 AM

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107 firms busted for not hiring Saudis

Labour Ministry enforces the law dictating that 30% of company employees must be Saudis.

Over 100 companies in Saudi Arabia have been banned from recruiting expatriate workers because they do not have enough Saudi nationals on their payrolls.

A total of 107 firms fell foul of the law that requires companies with 20 or more employees to hire at least 30% Saudi workers.

The law was passed three years ago to tackle the problem of growing youth unemployment among Saudi Arabians, but has rarely been enforced.

Researchers cannot agree on the level of unemployment in the Kingdom, but the CIA World Fact Book recorded it at 25% in 2004.

A Saudi Arabian Labour Ministry release said that of the 107 companies in question, 12 of them had no Saudi employees, while a further eight had only one percent national workers.

Saudi daily Arab News discovered that employers were not necessarily to blame. Sulaiman Al-Misyadi, general manager of Fares Bundugji Establishment, one of the companies facing the ban, said his business is in cleaning and very few Saudis were interested in such jobs.

A large number of Saudis had applied for jobs and were employed as supervisors but most of them left after a short time in search of new careers, he added.

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Mohammad Omran 13 years ago

Thats because they do a fourth of the work done by an expat and demand four times the pay! Good luck with that !

Mamdooh Al-Radadi 13 years ago

I don't honestly think there is such word as Saudi Workers! there is saudi employees/staff..etc.They all face the saving face problems with friends/relatives/community. It does not only boil down to pay as the above comment mentions, it has got to do with more room to grow. I think the saudi companies hiring saudis should have a continuous stream coming in, and a continuous upwards flow in the company( upgrading & training,promoting the workers) It should be the job of the company to handle,maintain and KEEP the saudis. The battle will never be won, unless the saudi wroker get it! Oh, and having a booming economy, does not help this area, saudis have more room to have test-jobs( in and out in 3 months) beware of this kind, HE/SHE does not know what they want!

Expat 13 years ago

The problem is Saudis are looking for finer job and double payment salary. Glad to know that at least some Saudis are adjusting the circumstances however it will take time until all Saudis accept the reality and hard work. In fact 107 firms are banned already because Saudis still can't accept the situations. Some firms spent financially to send them on training and upgrading etc. However in few days they go out for another purpose.