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Saudi Arabia – Recruitment agencies blamed for unemployment crisis

08 January 2014

The unemployment rate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia currently sits at 11.7%, with male unemployment at 6.1% and female unemployment at 33.2%, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Labour, reports arabnews.com.

The report revealed that the Ministry had issued licences to 338 recruitment firms to hire Saudi nations, but these firms had failed to deliver their objectives. Some recruiters have blamed a lack of cooperation from the private sector for hampering their ability to source work for Saudi nationals.

The implementation of the Nitaqat or ‘Saudisation’, which came into effect in early July 2013, is designed to apply pressure on private sector firms to employ more Saudi nationals.

The ministry has called on recruitment firms to submit a quarterly report to the Ministry Labour Office with which they are affiliated. In addition, they are obliged to account for the number of Saudis who found jobs, the reasons why citizens were unable to find employment, and the office’s activities during the past year.

This report will also include suggestions and notes that could contribute toward the development of the Saudi labour force and employment opportunities, and must lay special emphasis on the needs of the local market and its changing requirements. 


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