Saudi Arabia: Only Saudi Citizens Now Allowed to Work in Malls

The decision to implement 100 per cent Saudization in shopping malls came into force on Wednesday across the Kingdom.

The move follows a ministerial decision to give 100 per cent of jobs to Saudi Arabians in all activities and professions in malls as well as at mall management offices, excluding a limited number of positions.

This was the first among the three decisions issued by Ahmed Al Rajhi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development in April, and these decisions aim to create 51,000 jobs for Saudis in the labour market.

The exempted activities and professions include cafes and restaurants, where the rate of Saudization shall be 50 per cent and 40 per cent respectively. The exempted activities also include hypermarkets and supermarkets.

The professions that are excluded from 100 per cent Saudization are cleaning work, loading and unloading, maintenance of recreational facilities, and barbershops.

However, the percentage of non-Saudi staff should not exceed 20 per cent of the total workforce at the mall. There should also be identical uniforms for the workers.

The second decision, issued by the minister, is to increase the rate of Saudization in restaurants and cafes in accordance with their classifications and required percentages specified in the procedural guide issued in this regard.

The third decision involves increasing the Saudization rates in the major central supply market outlets in accordance with their classifications, professions, and the required percentages and phases of Saudization specified in the procedural guide.

The ministerial decisions, which are expected to create jobs for 51,000 Saudis, both men and women, were contained in the procedural guide issued on April 7.

The ministry stressed the need to adhere to the decisions issued in order to avoid facing penalties against violators. Employers can be had more details in this regard from the procedural guide published on the ministry’s website.

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