A rumor about to extend the grace period to replace all expat workers with Saudis in the telecom sectore was denied by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
second phase of Saudization
According to a source statement, the second phase of Saudization of the telecommunication sector will be started on Friday by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
“The second phase includes the Saudization of 100 percent of the telecommunication sector. The plan is to offer more jobs for Saudis in the field of mobile phone repair and sales,” said the source.
The source added that ministry encouraged local men and women to start their own businesses in the sector.
“Twitter users have popularized the hashtag #saudizing_telecommunication_sector. Using the hashtag the users are demanding all obstacles facing Saudis from working in the sector to be removed. The sector was dominated by expatriates and there were seldom any Saudis working in mobile repair or mobile sales,” said the source.
The hashtag encourages more Saudis to contribute to the ministry’s Saudization plan, the source said.
The Human Resources Fund has unveiled a program to aid and support Saudis entering in the telecommunication sector.
“The program gives financial aid to help Saudis open their own businesses in mobile sales and repair. The program also offers consultations and material support to facilitate the process of starting a business in the sector,” said the source.