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Understanding Saudization: A Key Policy for Saudi Arabia's Economic Transformation

Saudization, also referred to as the Saudi Nationalization Scheme, is an important policy initiative put into action by the government of Saudi Arabia. It aims to increase Saudi nationals' employment, decrease unemployment, and reduce reliance on workers from other countries.

Saudi has long relied on foreign workers to fill various positions, particularly in the construction, healthcare, and hospitality industries. While this reliance has contributed to the country's expanding economy, it has also created challenges, including high unemployment among Saudi citizens and a mismatch between available jobs and the domestic workforce's skills.

Saudization was introduced as part of the broader Saudi Vision 2030initiative to address these challenges. This ambitious plan aims to diversify the Saudi economy, reduce reliance on oil revenues, and create job opportunities for the country's growing population. This initiative is an essential aspect of this vision, aiming to increase the competitiveness of the Saudi labour market and empower Saudi nationals to take on meaningful roles in the private sector.

The policy targets various industries and sectors, depending on the sector's importance to the economy and the availability of skilled workers. The government encourages companies to meet these targets by providing financial assistance, preferential treatment in government contracts, and access to training programs.

Saudi aims to achieve several objectives:

  1. Reduce the unemployment rate among Saudi nationals to improve social stability and quality of life

  2. Close the skills gap between available jobs and the qualifications of Saudi workers

  3. An emphasis on upskilling and reskilling individuals

  4. Cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship

  5. Promote Saudi nationals to leadership positions within companies. 

However, Saudization presents challenges for both companies and Saudi job seekers. Due to the small Saudi pool of candidates, companies may find it difficult to find Saudi candidates with the required skills and experience. On the other hand, job seekers may face challenges getting employment due to a lack of expertise or competition with a highly skilled foreign workforce. To address these challenges, the government has invested in educational and vocational training programs to equip Saudi nationals with the skills demanded by the job market.

By leveraging our expertise and resources, ManpowerGroup Middle East can significantly impact Saudi recruitment, helping employers and candidates.

  1. Strategic Partnerships: 

We have partnerships with Saudi companies, government agencies, and educational institutions. By collaborating with these organizations, we can better understand the local job market, industry needs, and talent pool, allowing us to provide tailored recruitment solutions.

  1.  Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO): 

We offer RPO services which involve managing the entire recruitment process on behalf of organizations, including candidate sourcing, screening, interviewing, and onboarding. We can streamline the recruitment process and ensure a high-quality pool of Saudi candidates for employers.

  1. Knowledge Sharing and Insights: 

We can provide valuable market insights and trends to Saudi businesses. We can provide data-driven insights on talent availability, compensation, and industry benchmarks due to our global presence and expertise. This data can help Saudi organizations make informed hiring decisions and stay ahead in a competitive job market.

Saudization is a key policy initiative to reduce unemployment, enhance competitiveness, and build a diverse and skilled local workforce. It may present challenges, but the long-term benefits are expected to drive sustainable economic growth and improve the lives of Saudi citizens. ManpowerGroup can help Saudi organizations grow and thrive, and job seekers find meaningful employment opportunities.