Saudi government asks public sector to fire all expats by 2020

Published: May 15, 2017


According to Saudi Minister, Abdullah Al-Melfi, the government departments of Saudi Arabia’s civil service and all ministries have been asked to get rid of expats within three years.

At the end of last year, there were around 70,000 expats working in Saudi Arabia’s public sector.

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“There will be no expatriate workers in the government after 2020,” the deputy minister said while addressing a meeting here on Monday.

The meeting comprised of HR experts in a number of ministries and universities along with senior officials from the ministry.

A workshop on “job nationlisation” took place after the meeting which focused on the Saudization plan by 2020.

“The complete nationalisation of government jobs is an important objective of the National Transformation Program 2020 and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030,” Malfi said.

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“The achievement of NTP and Vision 2030 entails the cooperation of all ministries and government departments,” added the deputy minister.

Various difficulties in the nationalisation of Saudi Arabian government jobs was discussed in the meeting as well.

This article originally appeared on Saudigazette

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 15, 2017 - 4:41PM

    good thing to reduce internal unemployment . Recommend

    May 15, 2017 - 4:46PM

    The Saudis administrative structure will collapse for sure by 2020. Most of the Saudis are lazy and incompetent………… Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 16, 2017 - 6:20AM

    This is a positive move!
    When oil was $100 plus a barrel, the Saudis imported global workers of all skills to do almost all jobs, while providing Saudis a generous stipend to do nothing, since most types of work were considered beneath them!
    Now the money has run out, so the government is insisting that unemployed Saudis now work for a living!Recommend

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