Saudi Arabia has approved the decision to localize professions in restaurants, cafes, hypermarkets and malls soon, the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi announced.
Mr. Al-Rajhi, during his meeting with members of the National Committee for Contractors and the National Committee for Consulting Professions, stated that the number of young Saudi men and women who entered the labor market in January exceeded 28,000.
The minister further added that the Saudization initiatives and programs followed by the government in the year 2019-2020 have helped the country to achieve excellent results, as more than 420,000 citizens have joined the labor market.
“We are targeting all sectors, activities, and professions, and we will invest in all opportunities to enable the sons and daughters of the country to take up jobs. We will soon implement a decision to localize the legal and educational professions also. A study has been completed to improve the status of occupational security and safety personnel working on company contracts in ministries and quasi-governmental entities, in addition to contractors with the private sector and set a minimum wage for them.”
According to Mr. Al-Rajhi, the high number of Saudi young men and women who become part of the labor market in January was through the branches of the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) and TAQAT employment centers and programs.
“We have worked on formulating it with private sector establishments through many workshops, to improve the Saudi labor market environment, raise its efficiency and make it in line with global labor markets, in terms of attractiveness, high competitiveness and attracting skilled people,” Mr. Al-Rajhi added.