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Saudi pharmacy firm to create 500 new jobs

Alnahdi Medical Company announces plan to recruit more Saudi nationals

Saudi pharmacy firm to create 500 new jobs
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Saudi-based pharmacy Alnahdi Medical Company said on Wednesday it was creating more than 500 new jobs for young Saudi nationals.

The company said it was set to take on 50 dermatology and beauty specialists, 250 pharmacist assistants, and 200 cashiers.

It added in a statement that the recruitment drive would help to expand the pharmacy across the kingdom.

Hosam Al Qurashi, senior director, marketing and external affairs at Alnahdi Medical Company, said: "Alnahdi Pharmacies, which are strategically dispersed across the kingdom are only five minutes within reach to 60 percent of the kingdom's inhabitants.

"We also have a strategic plan to expand our reach to become 90 percent by 2016," he added.

"In order to achieve this objective, we had to recruit and train qualified and capable young talent able to support our expansion plans."

Saudi Arabia is among several Arab countries trying to create more opportunities for locals, in a bid to curb the number of expatriates who have long monopolised non-government jobs and sparked an increase in remittances to other countries.

Its Nitaqat programme last year was the government’s latest attempt to ‘Saudise’ the private workforce, instructing firms to employ a proportion of national citizens over expatriates.

Other moves to boost the number of private sector employees include measures to black-list the work shy and invest in key industries such as tourism.

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