Monday, April 30, 2012

Saudi to ban foreigners from ICT jobs

Saudi to ban foreigners from ICT jobs

Saudi Arabia is considering restricting IT and communications jobs to Saudis only

Saudi Arabia is considering banning foreigners from working in IT and communications, according to Arab News.

The Saudi news site said that the Minister for Labor, Adel Fakeih, told a workshop that IT and communications jobs would be limited to Saudi citizens.

"Foreigners will be banned from working in these two sectors," the minister reportedly said, Arab News reported, based on a local Arabic language newspaper report.

Fakeih was speaking at a workshop titled "Investment Opportunities in the Retail Sector for Young Businessmen and businesswomen" which was organized by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

No details were given on how Saudi Arabia would replace highly skilled workers with its own citizens. The country has struggled to implement numerous schemes to increase the numbers of Saudis working in specific industries.

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