Saudi to ban foreigners from ICT jobs

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

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Saudi to ban foreigners from ICT jobs Saudi may ban foreign workers from ICT jobs.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 25, 2012

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.

2603 days ago

I believe that this could harm the infrastructure temporarily, but with the right measurements, it will eventually increase the caliber and experience of the locals to a high level which will make them become more independent. it might take up to ten years.

2610 days ago

As a Non Saudi Femail IT professional, I strongly believe that this will set the Saudi IT Infrastructure back many years. What I do see happening, that many of the support jobs will be off shored to Philippines, and India and the organizations will be able to increase their bottom lines by paying for a resource located half way around the world at a fraction of the price... All in all a bad over all decision... will be interesting to see how this plays out in the MENA region...

2611 days ago

That should be interesting

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