Saudization of security sector to create 5,000 jobs in five years

Saudization of security sector to create 5,000 jobs in five years
Updated 18 September 2014

Saudization of security sector to create 5,000 jobs in five years

Saudization of security sector to create 5,000 jobs in five years

The security sector would likely create about 5,000 jobs for young male and female Saudis over the next five years because of the complete Saudization of the industry by the government.
This is the view of Abdullah Al-Shehri, the newly elected chairman of the security guards committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).
Speaking to Arab News shortly after his election, Al-Shehri said: “The most important priority is to provide thousands of security-related jobs for Saudi men and women over the next five years.”
The JCCI recruitment drive would take place with more than 114 companies and institutions in the city. He said banks and other companies urgently require security staff. “The sector will also contribute to the employment of a large number of Saudi women at the ladies’ sections of banks, schools, and some commercial and beauty centers,” he said.
Al-Shehri said the committee plans to tackle various challenges in the industry, including low salaries that are not commensurate with the long working hours. These grievances would be presented to the Labor Ministry.
Al-Shehri said the committee would also discuss ways to encourage young people, particularly Saudi women to work in the sector by pushing for new regulations outlining the rights and duties of workers.
He said he had highlighted these issues at the committee with his newly elected vice chairman. “We presented all the obstacles faced by security guards who maintain security and stability in the Kingdom.”
Al-Shehri said the security industry was important because it provides jobs for people who do not have formal qualifications and cannot get employment in the private sector.
He said there was a lack of regulations at some security companies, which was an important challenge facing the sector. While many Saudi citizens want security jobs, the low salaries and long hours were major obstacles, he said.