Saudi Arabia mulls plan to ban expats from HR, recruitment jobs

Ministry of Labour said to enter consultation period with private sector, considers fine of $3,000 per worker
Saudi Arabia mulls plan to ban expats from HR, recruitment jobs
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By Staff writer
Tue 05 Apr 2016 01:39 PM

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour has outlined plans to prevent non-Saudis working in human resources (HR) and recruitment for the private sector.

The Saudi Gazette reported that the ministry had asked private sector firms to comment on its plans via its website before any decision is implemented.

The consultation period will close on 23 April.

A senior official at the ministry said that firms flouting the ban – if imposed – would be handed a fine of just over $3,000 per worker.

“The ministry will take punitive measures against any private firms that allow foreigners to work in these jobs directly or indirectly,” said Naif Naytah, general supervisor of public affairs at the ministry, according to the Saudi Gazette.

“[A] fine amounting to SR20,000 will be slapped on firms that hire any foreigner to work in these trades, and the fines will be doubled with the number of foreigners hired for these jobs.”

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