Saudi Arabia Implements 100% Saudization in Grocery Stores and Limit Expat Workers on Food and Soft Drinks Mobile Vans

Saudi Arabia is intending to restrict work openings at confectionary shops and those selling supply and consumable goods to just Saudi nationals.

As indicated by a draft decision being set up by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD), jobs in such shops will be 100% Saudized, local daily Al Madina reports, citing sources.

When implemented, this will generate 20,000 job opportunities for Saudi nationals in just the first year.

The ministry likewise had plans to restrain work in food and soft drinks mobile vans to Saudis. Such a move is hoped to create around 6,000 job openings for its citizens.

As indicated by a Saudi Gazette report, the Shoura Council newly asked the ministries of labor and social development and municipal and rural affairs to shut down small supply stores and issue retail licenses only to big stores which are fit for employing a large number of men and women.

The Council thinks that such a move will help the economy and control tasattur (foreigners doing business in the names of Saudis against specific charges).

The sources said the ministry was able to employ over 8,000 Saudi men and women by Saudizing jobs in the telecom sector where jobs in mobile phone repair, maintenance and sale have been 100% Saudized. Read More: 19 Iqama Professions That Are Suspended for Renewal?

The ministry is expected to find work for more than 5,000 Saudis by restricting work in auto rental workplaces.

Also in the health centers, the ministry lately contracted 7,500 Saudi doctors, nurses and technicians to work in various government hospitals and health centers. As revealed by sources, more than 93,000 Saudi men and women will be employed in the health sector before the end of 2020.

A total of 142,824 recruitment visas were issued to the government and 1,403,731 for the private sector in 2016. A total of 1,173,500 work visas were issued to recruit housemaids a year ago, the report included.

Citing official figures, the sources said the wage protection program was executed in 18,545 foundations and organizations. In any case, just 7,583 establishments and companies, representing around 41%, were focused on the program. Read More: Expert Says: Several Companies in Saudi Arabia are Faking Their Saudization Rate. 

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