Leaders KSA: How can Saudisation be achieved?
Firms considerate of nationals’ hopes will achieve Saudisation
Companies need to apply the same type of diligence they use with their multinational workforce when it comes to hiring and retaining Saudi labour. One may argue they lack proper training to qualify them for managerial positions, but this is is solvable through education, experts said.
“Complaints about Saudisation usually come from companies either not able to attract Saudis or retain them,” Mohammed Nabeel Ali, talent manager for Saudi Arabia at Parsons, said. “[Saudi’s] mega-projects require new and consistent hiring within a short period of time. But we cannot begin with staffing without making sure that the organisation is attractive in terms of compensation, company culture, and so on.”
Dr. Abdulrahman Motrif, advisor to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Higher Education said he believes Saudisation is more a political than a business issue, adding it is a process that was started to create social stability. He said even foreign-worker hiring is difficult when they have more attractive employment options elsewhere.
“Residency is an issue, and these workers can’t usually bring their families,” he continued. “These kinds of laws are preventing the private sector from selecting the right person. But the laws are gradually changing especially as investment opportunities are being opened for foreigners in the Kingdom.”