The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development expects that the decision of the Minister, Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi, to localize the professions of communication and information technology in all private sector establishments in which 5 or more workers work in “telecommunications engineering and information technology jobs, application development, programming, analysis, technical support and telecommunications technical jobs” will provide 9000 A job opportunity for job seekers in communications and information technology majors, as 60% of these opportunities are located in large and giant enterprises.The ministry explained the basic plan for localizing the targeted jobs so that the nationalization rate is not less than 25% for each job group, as it includes: «Communications engineering and information technology jobs, application development, programming and analysis jobs, technical support jobs and telecommunications technical jobs».
The Emiratisation decision targets more than 30 specialized professions in communications and information technology, the most prominent of which are: “Communications engineer, computer engineer, network engineer, software development specialist, business analysis specialist, programmer, technical support specialist, communications electronic technician, network technician.”
Regarding the wage calculated in Emiratisation, it starts from 7,000 riyals for workers in communications and information technology engineering jobs, application development, programming and analysis jobs.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has set the wage calculated within the nationalization rates for workers in communications engineering and information technology jobs, application development, programming and analysis, so that it starts from 7,000 riyals, while the calculated wage for workers in technical support jobs and telecommunications technical jobs starts from 5,000 riyals, as this comes within the framework of motivation Productive and sustainable localization.
The Ministry noted that in the event that the facility does not adhere to the required Emiratisation percentage upon entry into force of the Emiratisation decision, all electronic transactions will be stopped automatically for the professions targeted at Emiratisation (issuing visas for the profession, transferring a service to the profession, changing a profession to the profession, and work permits for professions) in addition to a penalty for violating Resettlement of the professions restricted to Saudis stipulated in the Ministerial Resolution dated 9/27/1440 AH and the amendments thereto.
The Ministry indicated that in the event that there is a worker working with a professional title different from the professional title recorded in the work permit, the penalty will be applied (the employer enables the non-Saudi worker to work in a profession other than the profession listed in the work permit) stipulated in the ministerial decision.