Saudi pushes 100% Saudisation in hotels, bans expats from management roles

Positions such as hotel deputy manager, assistant head of IT administration, director and assistant director of sales administration will go to locals only

The decision includes hotels classified as three-star and above, resorts, hotel suites and villas classified as four-star and above
The decision includes hotels classified as three-star and above, resorts, hotel suites and villas classified as four-star and above

Saudi Arabia announced that several hospitality jobs in the Kingdom will be made available to locals only.

According to Saudi Gazette, the minister of labour and social development Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi issued a decision to “Saudise the management, leading and specialist professions in the tourism hospitality sector.”

The decision includes hotels classified as three-star and above, resorts, hotel suites and villas classified as four-star and above, the report suggested.

Jobs in administrations such as reservations, purchases, marketing and front desk, except occupations like bellboy, parking valet, driver and doorman, will be given to Saudi men and women only.

Roles such as the hotel deputy manager, assistant head of IT Administration, director and assistant director of sales administration, sales representative and sales manager, fitness club supervisor, public services supervisor in a hotel, goods receiving clerk and administrative coordinator among several others will be reserved for locals too.

The decision comes into effect on Jumad Al-Awwal 1, 1441H (December 28, 2019) and also includes 100% Saudisation of certain other jobs, as of Dhul Qa’dah 1, 1441H (June 22, 2020).

According to the rule, there should be a minimum of one local as the F&B, room service, events section and laundry supervisor.

The decision also made it compulsory to Saudise at least 70% of jobs in the two occupations — sales manager, and events and conferences sales manager, as of December 2020.

Employers are banned from recruiting expats, transferring their services, assigning work to them, or using them in the jobs mentioned in the decision, whether directly or indirectly, the newspaper reported.

Any firm that violates this decision, will be penalised.

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