Saudi Arabia: Only Nationals Can Work In Country’s Malls Under New Labour Rules

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

08th Apr, 2021. 05:35 pm
Saudi Arabia New Labour Rules

Under the new Saudi labour rule, only the kingdom’s nationals will be hired to work in the country’s shopping malls.

Human Resources and Social Development Minister Ahmed bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi issued three new labour rules to modify the country’s restaurant sector.

In his statement, the minister said, “The changes would mean jobs for 51,000 Saudi men and women.”

According to the first directive, only Saudi’s would be working in shopping malls and their management offices.

However, a restrained number of roles would be excluded, but the ministry did not specify which ones.

The other rule changes were related to raising the number of Saudis working in the restaurant, cafe and catering trade.

It is the latest government move to boost the number of Saudis in the workforce.

Earlier, the Saudi government had said that the exit and re-entry visa reforms will also allow expatriates to travel outside Saudi Arabia without their employer’s approval after presenting a request.

A senior official at the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development told that more than seven million exile labourers will benefit from the “Improving Contractual Relationship” initiative.

To apply this new law simply aims to develop a more skilled workforce and overcome the conflicts among labourers and other employees.

Al-Harbi further added, “Employees who complete their first year of work will be able to switch jobs after the expiry of their notice period.”

Moreover, the labour substitution process will be managed by the job mobility services platform.

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