Sep 26 2011
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Contractors keen to hire Saudis despite low localization target
The companies are only required to ensure 5 percent of their staff are Saudi to avoid disrupting important projects.
"There is a need to reduce the number of foreign workers and replace them with national cadres, but the construction companies need to ensure work on projects remains stable and laying off foreign workers on some of these contracts can lead to unnecessary delays," said Jamal Mesbah, a Jordanian engineer in Jeddah.
Abu Ismael, an engineer who works on construction projects in Riyadh, said: "My company intends to lay off five technicians and two engineers, to meet its 5 percent Saudization quota as set by the Labor Ministry. However, there are already large numbers of Saudis working in the administrative and financial departments of the company."
"This scheme helps young Saudis to open small enterprises to carry out restoration and maintenance work. This initiative will help create many jobs for Saudis. We will coordinate with several parties to secure funding for the scheme and we will provide substantial support to help Saudis work in technical jobs in the construction field."
© Arab News 2011
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