Expats No Longer Allowed to Work in Car Hire Companies in Saudi Arabia

Starting March 18, only Saudi nationals will be allowed to work in car rental companies, according to spokesman of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Khaled Aba Al-Khail.

Joint inspection teams, he said, will monitor car rental companies for any violations, whose fines will depend on the number of expatriates employed in jobs restricted to Saudis. Likewise, fines will increase manifold for a repeat violation.

He said the Ministry of Labor and Social Development will provide online job training to Saudis through the “Doroob” platform. As a key initiative of the National Transformation Program 2020 for the development of the nation’s workforce and by partnering with the private sector, Doroob plays an essential role in the reduction of the unemployment rate by raising the skills of job seekers which raises their overall competitiveness in the labor market. It also assists enterprises in finding highly qualified professionals to fill required jobs.

The ministry will also provide technical and financial support to young Saudi entrepreneurs, Al-Khail said.

The new move follows signing of a memorandum of understanding between the ministry and the Public Transport Authority to Saudize jobs in car rental offices and app-based ride-hailing services.

The deal is expected to create some 200,000 part-time and full-time jobs for Saudis in the public transport sector over the next three years in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

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