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Saudi Arabia – Country to open jobs market to qualified expats

02 January 2014

Saudi Arabia is seeking thousands of expats to fill positions in health services including doctors and nurses. Adverts have been placed in a number of countries such as India, Pakistan and Egypt with approximately 3,500 vacancies needing to be filled in various hospitals across the country.

The Ministry of Health said it will be conducting interviews in a number of cities including the Indian cities of Hyderabad, Cochin and New Delhi to select 714 specialist doctors to work at hospitals in Jeddah, Tabuk, Taif, and Riyadh.

The recruitment process is being undertaken by 14 authorised recruitment agencies and the interviews are conducted by a Saudi committee comprising of officials from various regional directorates and specialist doctors from the Ministry of Health.

The Saudi government’s spending on health has grown rapidly in recent years, up +18% between 2005 and 2012 and this recruitment round is being viewed as an attempt to attract more professional and highly skilled expats.

In a departure from previous Government policy, it is expected that local companies will be allowed to hire expat women workers in key business sectors including health, education, childcare and cleaning. According to a draft plan prepared by the Ministry of Labour there are not enough suitably qualified Saudi women for all the positions available.

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