Saudi Arabia Reserves Telecom Jobs for Locals

In an effort to provide more jobs to Saudi citizens, the Kingdom decided to reserve jobs in the telecommunication sector for Saudis and prohibit foreign workers from selling and maintaining mobile phones and accessories for them. Job fairs for conducting interviews of Saudi candidates for the telecommunication industry in various regions of the Kingdom will begin on April 10.

Saudi men and women above 18 years of age can attend the interviews. The job fairs are taking place with the cooperation of the Ministry of Labor, Human Resources Development Fund, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), and various chambers of commerce and industry.

Local media report that the interviews will be conducted on Sunday in Jeddah, Makkah, Qassim, and Hail. In Riyadh, interviews will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. From Monday to Thursday, Al-Jouf will hold interviews. In Jazan, interviews will be conducted from Tuesday to Thursday. In Al-Ahsa, interviews will be held on April 18-19. The Dammam Technical and Vocational Training Corporation office will be holding job interviews on April 18-20. Najran will hold interviews on April 20-21. Interviews will be held in Madinah and Tabuk on April 19-21.

The decision for Saudization in the telecommunication sector will come into effect on March 10, giving employers and expatriate workers six months to correct their status. Stores selling mobile communications devices will have to ensure that at least 50 percent of staff doing such work are Saudi citizens in three months’ time. By September, the required ratio will rise to 100 percent.

The vast majority of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s retail and services sectors are currently held by foreign workers from Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

Companies need to ensure the total nationalization of the telecom sector and its professions including jobs in cell phone shops, accounting, marketing, and clerical work. Inspection rounds, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, are being conducted to make sure that establishments abide by the decision that targets telecommunications, in particular.

The decision aims at creating job opportunities for Saudi nationals willing to join the telecom industry. It also seeks to limit security, social and economic threats, and curb cover-up business. According to the country’s Ministry of Labor, enforcement will cover all regions and establishments across the Kingdom.

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