Foreigners banned from selling mobiles in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to boost local employment by reducing foreign workforce in mobile stores

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Foreigners banned from selling mobiles in Saudi Arabia The Kingdom has declared foreign workers are to be banned from selling mobile phones (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  March 9, 2016

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Labour, Moufarrej bin Saad Hagbani has issued a statement that reveals the decision to ban foreign workers from selling mobile phones and phone accessories, starting 10 March 2016.

In an attempt to create more jobs for Saudi Arabian citizens, the Kingdom has said stores which sell mobile devices must ensure 50% of its workforce must be Saudi citizens within three months' time (6 June), and then increased to 100%, six months from now (2 September).

The pressure comes as the Kingdom's economy begins to slow due to suffering oil prices which is threatening to boost unemployment.

Currently, the majority of retail and service sector jobs are held by Southeast Asian and Indian workers, who are paid less than Saudi citizens.

The Labour Department made clear that this decision is aimed at creating job opportunities for Saudis and Saudi women who wish to work in this field.

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