The Kingdom trying to develop its fledgling tourism industry, it’s also tackling citizen unemployment, which hit a high of nearly 13 per cent last year.
Monday 29, July 2019
Saudi Arabia plans to restrict certain hospitality jobs to its own citizens by the end of the year, banning the recruitment of foreign workers for those positions, reported Bloomberg.
The labour Ministry stated that the decision, will apply to resorts, hotels rated three stars or higher, and hotel apartments rated four stars or higher.
The positions that must be filled by Saudis range from front-desk jobs to management, adding that drivers, doormen and porters are an exception.
Additionally, other jobs that will be restricted to nationals include restaurant host and health club supervisor.
Hospitality is the latest sector to face stricter ‘Saudisation’ policies, which call for replacing the foreigners who dominate many parts of the private sector—particularly blue-collar and service jobs.
Officials say such policies are necessary to create jobs for Saudis in a country that is relied heavily on cheaper foreign labour, however, some businesses complain that Saudisation increases the cost of hiring and lowers productivity.
The decision will be enforced from an Islamic calendar date likely to correspond with 29 December 2019. Many hotels had already begun hiring Saudis to fill front-desk jobs in recent years, part of a gradual cultural shift as Saudis begin to take up jobs that once would have been considered undesirable.