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Expat employment in Saudi Arabia rises by 12% in 2014

Shoura Council urges Labour Ministry not to allow companies circumvent Saudisation laws

Expat employment in Saudi Arabia rises by 12% in 2014
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The number of expats employed in Saudi Arabia rose by 12 percent in 2014, according to new figures released by the Ministry of Labour.

A Shoura council member has urged the Labour Ministry not to allow major companies to circumvent Saudisation laws by signing accords with subcontractors run mostly by expatriates, according to the report in Arab News.

“Cutting down on the number of jobs at big national companies and giving their positions to contracting and small firms will have a negative impact on qualitative nationalisation of jobs,” said Fahaad Al-Hamad, assistant president quoting the Shoura member.

Al Hamad said another council member asked the Labour Ministry for reasons for the increase in the rate of unemployment, which rose by 3.3 percent within one year in the kingdom to 622,000.