Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Thousands of vacant positions await Saudis: Labor Ministry :: Arab News

In an earlier statement, Gosaibi warned unemployed Saudis that his ministry would consider only serious job seekers. “Any Saudi who demands a salary not in line with his qualification and training or refuses to join training courses or shifts from one place to another or rejects any job other than government jobs will be considered as not serious,” he explained.

“The ministry will not be responsible for the employment of those who are not serious as it cannot force them to work,” he added.
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Saudis between the ages of 16 and 25 accounted for 68 percent of the total registered job seekers; of that number, 88 percent were unmarried and 57 percent had less than a secondary education. Fourteen percent of the job seekers held bachelor or higher degrees.
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At least 30 percent of employees in companies with 20 or more workers must be Saudi by the middle of next year. He said the ministry would continue to control recruitment abroad in order to limit dependence on foreign workers. Last year, recruitment visas for private companies were cut by 17.8 percent to 684,201 from 832,244 the year before.
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In a related development, the Labor Ministry in coordination with the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry has produced a plan for the gradual Saudization of operation, maintenance and cleaning jobs in some 500 private firms which will create jobs for 150,000 Saudis. The Cabinet has instructed the companies specializing in operation, maintenance and cleaning to allocate five percent of their jobs to Saudis in the first year in order to attain 50 percent Saudization within five years. In accordance with the plan, the government will instruct companies receiving public contracts to employ qualified Saudis. The companies will only get visas for foreigners in the absence of Saudi workers.

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