Saudi Arabia localises jobs in private, international schools

Cairo: Saudi education authorities have decreed localising education jobs in the private sector education institutions as part of efforts to create more jobs to Saudi citizens.

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Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al Rajhi has issued a decree Saudising the education jobs in the private and international schools. The Saudisation of the jobs there will be implemented in phases with a specific percentage over three years, local media reported.

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The decree aims at increasing the localisation rates in private schools in all disciplines including maths, physics, biology, and computer. Saudisation rates will, meanwhile, be boosted in jobs related to teaching the Arabic language, the national identity, Islamic and social studies as well as art and physical education as a first phase in international schools.

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The decree aims to provide 28,000 education jobs for the Saudi citizens in private and international schools over the next three years.

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Labour market

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“This decree harmonises with the ministry’s localization plan and increases opportunities for the male and female Saudis to get engaged in the labour market and boost of the gross domestic product,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The number of education jobs done by foreign expatriates in the kingdom has reached over 87,000 out of a total of 272,000 jobs in this sector, Saudi news portal Sabq reported in February.

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Experts believe that setting a minimum wage level for pay in private schools will make them an attractive work environment for many Saudi graduates as some of these schools still offer meagre wages and cut from employees’ salaries in case of holidays, or class discontinuation.

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