91.5% Saudization achieved in SEC

SEC is one of the leading companies attracting local talents in the Kingdom.
Updated 14 November 2017

91.5% Saudization achieved in SEC

The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has achieved 91.5 percent nationalization of its staff due to the success of its policy of training and developing the skills of Saudis who have replaced expatriate workers in the past few years, according to Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Obayed, senior vice president of human resources at SEC.
Al-Obayed said over 23,000 Saudi engineers and technicians are currently handling operation, management and maintenance of the SEC’s electric system.
“The policy of nationalization of different technical and administrative jobs is progressing at an accelerated pace in all sectors, thanks to the efficiency of young national talents and the role played by the company’s training institutes and centers. These institutes and centers seek to upgrade the skills of many national cadres annually and at the beginning of 2017 they have successfully boosted nationalization rates to a record level at generation plants and technical jobs in different specialties of the power industry in the Kingdom,” he added.
Al-Obayed attributed the high rate of nationalization to SEC’s strategy of attracting technical and administrative competencies through leaders and talent management programs. He said SEC is one of the leading companies attracting local talents in the Kingdom through its adoption of a number of financial incentives and creative programs for outstanding performers.
“We are aiming at more than nationalizing all jobs at a record level by depending on the national cadres to implement the Kingdom’s strategy of nationalizing the electric industries. These cadres are our only means of transforming the Kingdom into a promising regional center for electric industries. The government aims to provide additional electric jobs for Saudi youth in order to support the national economy and achieve self-sufficiency in equipment and materials, in addition to exporting them to the neighboring countries in line with Vision 2030 and its objectives to diversify the sources of national economy,” he added.
The SEC CEO said Saudis have been trained in international companies and factories as well as specialized institutes in the US and Europe. “We have signed agreements with China, Japan and South Korea to train the national cadres and transfer advanced technologies into the Kingdom,” he added.

Bahri promotes gender balance in workplace

Updated 21 May 2019

Bahri promotes gender balance in workplace

Saudi logistics and transportation company Bahri recently participated in the 13th Annual Maritime HR Conference in London. The company’s chief support officer Hisham Alkhaldi was invited as a guest speaker at the largest worldwide gathering of maritime HR professionals. 

Held at Leonardo Royal Hotel in London from May 9 to 10, the annual event discussed key issues facing HR teams in the maritime industry. The conference brought together regulators, industry-renowned speakers, business leaders, and nearly 200 delegates representing shipowners, ship managers, oil companies, and other maritime employers such as classification societies and P&I clubs. 

Speaking on the “Diversity and Inclusion in the Maritime Industry” panel at the conference, Alkhaldi put a spotlight on the under-representation of women in the workplace across industries, particularly in the maritime sector. Highlighting that only 2 percent of seafarers worldwide are women and less than 1 percent occupy leadership roles in the industry, he said that it has become imperative for various stakeholders in the maritime industry to step up both concerted and individual efforts to address these challenges effectively and swiftly. 

“As a result of constant and deliberate efforts to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of gender balance in the workplace, policymakers and businesses in the maritime industry increasingly identify equal opportunities as a top priority today. Promoting women’s participation at work is critical not only for accelerating economic growth and sustainable development but also for driving stronger bottom-line results for businesses,” Alkhaldi said.

“Similarly, a diverse workforce will lead to higher productivity and customer loyalty, and catalyze innovation, leveraging the perspectives and experiences of employees of different nationalities, and ethnicities. As an employee-centric organization, Bahri has incorporated diversity and inclusion in its human resources policies and processes.” 

Alkhaldi also shed light on Bahri’s initiatives aimed at embracing diversity and inclusion across all aspects of its business. The company has been striving to boost the participation of women in its operations, which reached 18 percent this year. Bahri has also teamed up with universities to develop programs that will help introduce students to the maritime sector and its services. 

At the heart of Bahri’s diverse and inclusive workforce is its “Talent Management Framework,” which provides a clear direction for strategically attracting, sourcing, managing, developing and retaining talents in the company. The framework was recently named the “Best Recruitment & Talent Management Strategy” at the inaugural CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards. The company had also won in the “Best Talent Development Strategy” category at the Future Workplace Awards 2018.