The Kingdom’s Industrial Sector Faces Saudization

A number of sectors in Saudi Arabia’s workforce are undergoing Saudization in a bid to increase employment rates amongst Saudi nationals. 

This November, the kingdom’s Ministry of Labor and Social Development signed an agreement that will encourage Saudization within the industrial sector, which is one of Saudi’s most important. Abdullah Abu Thunain, the ministry’s deputy official, along with the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, the Saudi Human Resources Development Fund, and the Council of the Saudi Chambers, approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The latest move to Saudize the industrial sector, will guarantee over 36,000 jobs to Saudi nationals by 2021. This particular initiative falls in line with the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan and the National Transformation Program 2020. Vision 2030 was launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and has key goals to diversify the country’s economy. 

This year, there have been more nationalization agreements made across various sectors than ever before. The MLSD signed a MoU with six government agencies that are set to provide 32,500 jobs to young Saudis in the agriculture sector this September. This particular contract will Saudize 6,000 jobs in various agriculture fields, as well as 6,500 jobs within the water sector, and over 20,000 jobs in privately owned businesses.

Saudi Arabia’s public sector is fully moving towards Saudizing completely. 2 years ago, the Ministry of Civil Service ordered all government departments to terminate contracts with expatriate workers within three years in order to employ only Saudi nationals. 

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