Customer service, aviation, parcels and optics among sectors witnessing greater Saudiization in next six months

Okaz/Saudi Official Gazette

JEDDAHThe Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development will expand Saudiization to more sectors over the next six months. These include the 100% Saudiization of customer service, the creation of 7,000 jobs in mail and parcel transport points, 4,000 jobs in the aviation sector and 1,000 jobs in the optical sector. This is in line with the six rulings made earlier by the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi to Saudize a number of professions and activities.

Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, the ministry source said vigorous implementation of the updated Nitaqat Saudiization program will help further consolidate employment stability for Saudi personnel in the private sector. He also noted that the percentage of Saudis who earn a monthly salary of SR4000 or more has also seen a big increase since the program was implemented.

According to the ministry source, 100% saudiization will be implemented in customer service occupations in establishments that provide customer service as a main or ancillary activity, or in companies that outsource to d ‘other entities to serve their customers through the means of communication, including management and supervisory positions, as of December 17 of this year. The decisions included the location of outlets in seven economic activities, at a rate of 70% of the total number of outlet workers.

The ministry’s move to Saudi licensed aviation professions is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs for Saudis. The Saudiization in this sector will be implemented in two phases: the first phase will start on March 15, 2023 and will include 100% Saudiization in the professions of co-pilot, air traffic controller and air carrier; 60% in the profession of airline pilot and 50% in the profession of air hostess.

The second Saudiization phase will start on March 4, 2024, and this includes 70% in the profession of air transport pilot and 60% in the profession of air hostess. The decision applies to all private sector establishments that employ five or more employees in the specified aviation occupations. Saudi personnel in the targeted professions are required to obtain professional accreditation from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

The ministry’s decisions include saudizing 50% of jobs in optical professions from March 18, 2023, in all private sector establishments where there are four or more workers. This decision should create 1,000 jobs for Saudis. These occupations include medical optician, optical laboratory technician, and optical technician. It is required that Saudi workers in the professions are required to have obtained accreditation in their respective health specialties. The minimum salary for the calculation of saoudization in the targeted professions is 5,500 SR.

The ministry’s decisions also included the location of service points in the periodic two-phase vehicle inspection sector. There will be 50% Saudiization in the first phase and 100% in the second phase and the decision will be implemented 12 months after the launch date of Saudiization in this sector. Some of the most important occupations for sauditing in this sector include site manager, assistant manager, quality manager, financial supervisor, site supervisor, track manager, inspection technician, assistant technician inspection, the maintenance technician, the information technician and the data entry operator.

More than 7,000 jobs are expected to be created with the implementation of Saudiization in outlets providing services for mail and parcel transport activities as of December 17, 2022. This includes 14 sub-activities with Saudiization 100% of the professions of business leaders; 60% for first-level management positions; and 70% for second-level senior management positions.

The Saudiization decision also includes points of sale for safety and security equipment; lifts, stairs and belts; artificial turf and swimming pools; water purification equipment and navigational devices; catering equipment and electric vehicles; air guns, hunting and travel supplies; and packaging equipment and tools. The most important professions in these activities are those of branch manager, supervisor, cashier, customer accountant and customer service personnel. The implementation of Saudiization would come into effect in these sectors 12 months after the date of publication of the decision.

Ministry sources said that its priorities when implementing the updated Saudiization program of Nitaqat include improving the attractiveness of the private sector for existing Saudi workers and job seekers and increasing the level labor market efficiency. The ministry pointed out that the program has contributed to a gradual increase in saudi rates every year and gives private sector companies enough time to harmonize human resource plans. This depends on the integration of small and micro economic activities and their inclusion in the economic activities for the next three years and the provision of a plan for the remaining three years.

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