By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Newly approved Saudisation rates vary across different sectors
Saudi Arabia’s minister of labour and social development, Ahmed Al-Rajhi, has approved an increase of Saudisation rates for jobs stemming from government contracts, with some jobs set to achieve up to 100 percent.
According to the Saudi Gazette, Saudisation rates have been fixed at 100 percent for supervisor positions in the safety, IT, general services, administration and support services sectors, while operation and maintenance contract work implemented by companies must have at least a 51 percent stake for the state.
Approximately 40 percent of supervisory jobs in the mechanical, electrical, equipment and civil sectors will be Saudised, while the rate has been increased to 30 percent in technical, operational and professional jobs.
The Saudisation rates in engineering and specialised jobs has been set at 30 percent, while technical jobs Saudisation rates have been fixed at 50 percent. Operational and vocational job Saudisation rates have been raised to 70 percent.
The Ministry of Labour has been given the right to determine Saudisation rates for low-skilled jobs in government agencies.
Al-Rajhi added that the ministry hopes to create more jobs for Saudi men and women alike.