Companies should give Saudi workers a chance to prove themselves

Companies should give Saudi workers a chance to prove themselves

Leaving govt jobs to open private enterprises
Rashed Al-Fawzan

By Rashed Al-Fawzan
Many employers are reluctant to hire Saudis because of claims that they do not take work seriously. However, this is not true. Each employer has a duty to pay back to society for he would not have started and succeeded in business had it not been for the excellent economic conditions and resources provided by the government.

It is better for an employer to hire a Saudi instead of an expatriate because the former will benefit the company and national economy in the long run. Companies should give Saudi workers a chance to prove themselves and should invest in them and train them.

The private sector could create job opportunities for the unemployed. It could create more job opportunities than what is needed because our national economy is strong and healthy.

However, we have another problem. A large number of Saudis prefer public sector jobs to those in the private sector because the private sector does not offer the same benefits and job security. This is a huge gap that should be bridged. We have to change the way Saudi men and women view jobs in the private sector. We also have to create better job opportunities for women because the number of unemployed women is double that of men.

Job seekers, male and female, should understand that finding a job in the private sector is hard and keeping a job is even more difficult. They should realize that the private sector has a lot of challenges and that job seekers need to be patient and persistent, above all they should not give up easily. We need to instill these values in the minds of jobseekers to help them overcome the difficulties they encounter in the private sector.


  1. Not even Saudi, in any country, majority of blue collar jobs are done by poors from migrant backgrounds, citizens may rarely take those jobs for a short period of time.
    Majority of public sector and private sector skilled jobs are also taken by millions of bilingual non-gulf Arabs ( Sudanese, Lebanese, Egyptians, Yemenis, Syrians, Palestinians, Jordanians, some Moroccans).
    without those Arab expats, then, Saudi employers will appreciate Saudi employees.

  2. To be fair, I don’t think your article makes any sense. Having worked as a professional expat in the private sector in KSA, it’s probably not fair to generalise that all Saudis are lazy or do not perform their tasks as they should but majority definitely do fall into this category. You can only train Saudis who are willing, understand and have a will to complete their tasks. Often its the case that they won’t turn up, turn up late, do not perform or just resign to move on. There needs to be a change in the mentality and how Saudis think rather than always pressurising companies.

    • Agree with that generally. In my company, of the initial batch of saudi grads we hired, maybe 10% were any good.

      But i’ve noticed that in the last batch this year, about a third are actually quite good, particularly the female grads.

      I think the penny is dropping and that there now appears to be a greater willingness to work properly. Directionally, things seem to be changing.