Saudi to halt recruitment of less experienced foreign engineers from 2018

Applicants’ experience will be checked and documented to ensure compliance, according to officials

Saudi Arabia will halt the recruitment of expatriate engineers with less than five years of professional experience from next year.

The decision was previously announced as part of measures to provide opportunities for Saudis in the sector but now an official cut off date has been confirmed.

Read: Saudi halts recruitment of foreign engineers with under 5 years’ experience

National engineering companies working on urgent projects have been given three months – until January 1, 2018 – to terminate the entry procedures of engineers with less experience who applied for roles before the decision.

The kingdom’s engineering commission said there would be “no exceptions” to the cutoff from January, according to Saudi Press Agency.

In addition, applicants’ experience will be checked and documented with the engineer to “bear the consequences” of non-compliance.

Expatriate engineers with five years of experience must also pass a professional test and personal interview through the Saudi Engineers Authority before being granted a work permit.

In another recent decision, the kingdom’s Ministry of Labour said it would suspend the renewal of work permits for foreigners in 19 roles highlighted to be occupied by Saudis.

Read: Saudi suspends work permit renewals for foreigners in certain roles