Saudi Arabia tightens rules for public sector jobs

Cairo: Experience will be an essential condition for contracting a certain category of employees in government institutions in Saudi Arabia which is seeking to create more jobs for its young people, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

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Okaz, citing unidentified well-informed sources, said that higher Saudi bodies have approved introducing the condition of experience years for hiring the so-called “distinctly qualified” personnel, ending a long contracting policy that did not require experience in employing such cadres.

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According to the new rules, eligible employees, holding BA degrees should have at least four- year experience or two-year experience if they hold higher degrees, the report said.

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Employment contracts for them have been amended, limiting the performance allowance offered them to 10 per cent of the basic salary for hiring renewal on condition that the employee’s evaluation should be at least good.

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Previously, the so-called “distinctly qualified” candidates were required only to have a university degree and a good conduct certificate.

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It is not clear yet if the new rules will apply only to potential foreign employees or will include Saudis too.

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Around 1.5 million people work in the Saudi public sector. The numbers of foreign employees in this sector dropped by about 35 per cent in 2018, according to media reports.

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The Saudi government is vigorously supporting the private sector to help it generate more jobs for Saudis and groom diverse economy weaned off oil.

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