ANNOUNCEMENT 30 Jan 2018
According to consistent press reports, the government of Saudi Arabia for the first time restricted 12 retail job types to Saudi men and women exclusively.
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Masrawy. السعودية تعلن 12 مهنة ممنوعة على الوافدين (إنفوجرافيك). 2018. Arabic. http://www.masrawy.com/news/news_economy/details/2018/1/29/1251778/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%86-12-%D9%85%D9%87%D9%86%D8%A9-%D9%85%D9%85%D9%86%D9%88%D8%B9%D8%A9-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A5%D9%86%D9%81%D9%88%D8%AC%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%83-
Arab News. 2018. Labor Ministry designates 12 job types as Saudi-only. English. http://www.arabnews.com/node/1235656/saudi-arabia
Thompson Reuters. Zwaya. 2018. Saudi Arabia adds 12 new activities to jobs off-limits to expats. English. https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Saudi_Arabia_adds_12_new_activities_to_jobs_offlimits_to_expats-ZAWYA20180129132301/
According to consistent press reports, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development for the first time limited work in twelve retail activities (i.e. activities executed in standard retail locations such as shops, malls, and outlets) exclusively to local Saudi men and women. Previously, these specified retail activities were also available to foreigners in the Saudi jurisdiction, from a job access perspective.
Specifically, the retail categories which are now banned to foreigners within the Saudi jurisdiction are :
The prior elaborated ban will be effective starting next Hijri year (11 September 2018) and has been put in place for the purpose of enhancing the job opportunity pool available to local Saudi residents (thus, in line with the overall Saudization program goals to enforce localisation in the national economy and, labour market).