Saudi Arabia decides to gradually localize pharmacy professions
Saudi Arabia decides to gradually localize pharmacy professions

Currently, expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia constitute a very large percentage of jobs, especially in the field of medicine and pharmacy. Therefore, the Saudi government gradually wants to eliminate all expatriates in order to Saudize all jobs in it.

The Minister of Labor and Social Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today, Monday, Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi, through formal participation with the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia, issued a new ministerial decree that provides for a gradual settlement of some professions related to pharmacy and some of the specializations that belong to it in the Saudi labor will.

Expatriates in Saudi Arabia are awaiting the decision to lay off, deportation and the Saudization of some jobs

In a related context, Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi confirmed in a press interview with Al-Nasr newspaper correspondent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this morning that the settlement process will go through two phases as follows: -

1- The first stage, which is the settlement of 20% of workers in the profession, as of 01/12/1441 AH.

2- The second stage, which is 30% localization, starting 01/12/1442 AH

In this regard, Engineer Ahmed Al-Rajhi added that the new decision will be applied to all governmental and private institutions in which the number of expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia in the pharmacy profession exceeds five pharmacists or more, and according to the needs of the labor market.

Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi added, in dialogue with Al-Nasr newspaper, that there are some exceptions to this decision from expatriates in Saudi Arabia, including:

1- Pharmacists working in the profession of "specialist in marketing pharmaceutical products" in pharmaceutical companies.

2- Medicines agents, distributors, and factories in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for which a decision to settle has been issued by the Food and Drug General Authority in Saudi Arabia through cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the General Investment Authority in November 2018


It should be noted that these new ministerial decisions come in order to achieve the new agreement between the private sector and the government sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through formal cooperation with the Human Resources Development Fund "Hadaf" and the Council of Saudi Chambers as a representative of the private sector.

The goal of the new agreement is to eliminate foreign workers in Saudi Arabia
On the other hand, the goal of this new agreement is to resettle 40 thousand jobs in the private health sector and to dispense with expatriate workers and expatriates in Saudi Arabia, especially in those jobs, in order to gradually gradual Saudization of Saudi jobs.