Saudization in Health and Medical Appliances Jobs

Saudi Ministry of Labor
Saudi Ministry of Labor

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Advancement (MHRSD) announced the implementation of Saudization in some key health and wellness industries.

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The decision also includes Saudization on medical appliances and supplies professions by 40 percent throughout the Kingdom, took effect from Monday, 11th April 2022 (10th Ramadan 1443). The implementation of this decision took place after the end of the grace period specified for them.

The aim of the decision is to provide more stimulating and productive jobs for the sons and daughters of the Kingdom, raising the level of their participation in the Saudi labor market, with the aim of creating more job opportunities for the national cadres and enhancing their contribution in the economy system.

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The directive on Saudization of the professions of health specialties includes jobs of medical laboratories, radiology, physiotherapy and therapeutic nutrition in all medical facilities operating in the Kingdom, with setting the minimum salary to calculate the Saudization rates at 7,000 riyals for specialists and 5,000 riyals for technicians.

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The localization will be 60 percent of the total number of workers in the targeted health specialties, this sis about to provide more than 5,600 jobs for Saudi male and female citizens.

The order to localize these professions in the medical devices sector includes the localization of sales and advertising professions and the introduction of medical devices and supplies in 2 phases, first by 40 percent from 11th April 2022 and then 80% in second phase from 1st April 2023.

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While, the Saudization of engineering and technical professions for the medical appliances is also in two phases, first by 30 percent from 11th April 2022 and second phase by 50 percent from 1st April 2023.

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This decision to provide more than 3,000 jobs for Saudi men and women citizens, and the minimum salary for it is 7,000 riyals for the holders of bachelor’s degree and 5,000 riyals for a technician.

The localization of professions include, electronic engineer for medical appliances, electronic for maintenance of medical devices, specialists and technicians of medical devices, general seller of scientific devices, seller of laboratory and medical appliances.

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The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development will also provide a package of incentives and support related to supporting private sector companies in employing Saudi nationals, which includes salary support by up to 50 percent, job seekers training, transportation allowance to and from work place, moving allowance from one city to other and care allowance of children to increase the participation of mothers and instead of teleworking to encourage new work patterns.

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The Ministry also implemented the decision to calculate Saudization rates in the private sector with the minimum salary of 7,000 riyals for Saudi dentists and pharmacists effective from Monday. This is after approval of the amendment and updating the 2 nationalization guides for the dentistry and pharmacy professions.