Saudi Arabia requires professional license for 16 professions to improve labor quality

The ministry will start within two months the issuance of the first professional certificate for workers

  
Saudi Arabian women, seeking a job, talk with a recruiter during a job fair in Riyadh January 25, 2012. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Saudi Arabian women, seeking a job, talk with a recruiter during a job fair in Riyadh January 25, 2012. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is paving the way to improve the quality of its domestic labor, starting this year.

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing for regulating city operators will start the first phase of issuing professional licenses for 16 professions from the beginning of 2022, Okaz paper reported citing the Deputy Minister Ahmed Qattan.

The major professions for which the ministry is seeking to introduce mandatory professional license in a phased manner consist of technicians, construction workers, mechanic workers and beauty workers among others.

The ministry will start within two months the issuance of the first professional certificate for workers, to be applicable on 16 professions that have 72 sub-professions, he said.

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