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New Saudization Policy: 35 Jobs Will Be Off-Limit to OFWs; More Than 300,000 Will Be Affected

Saudi Arabia released a new advisory on Saudization that will affect more than 300,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom under new 35 job categories.

Based on the data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), OFWs who started working in the Kingdom in 2017 and 2018 will be affected as their contracts will expire.

New wave of Saudization

Reports circulating online said that new advisory will prevent OFWs and other expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia from renewing their residency visa permits. Aside from this, no permit will no longer issue to Filipinos or foreign workers applying for those positions under the skill categories. Also affected by the directives are expatriate workers, of course including Filipinos in the 35 to 54-year-old age bracket.

Read: No more Filipino and Expat Workers in Saudi Arabia Malls?

POEA said they are confirming the said advisory. On the other hand, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) offered to provide those OFWs who are set to lose their jobs, financial and livelihood assistance and a referral program to another country.

Under new advisory on Saudization; the following jobs will be affected as reported;

  • Purchasing officer
  • Dealer of auto shows
  • Information recorder
  • Central commissar
  • Housing supervisor
  • Secretary
  • Customer accountant
  • Debt collector
  • Written functions
  • Tour guide
  • Pharmacist
  • Assistant pharmacist
  • Medical secretary
  • Financial references
  • Administrative clerk and related jobs
  • Storekeeper
  • Prospecting
  • Support staff
  • Human-resources officer
  • Personnel manager
  • Receptionists
  • Employees in employees units
  • Treasurer
  • References to government departments
  • Security guard
  • Administrative manager
  • Librarian
  • Training manager
  • Purchasing manager;
  • Bookseller
  • Mail dispenser
  • Administrative assistant

Read: OFWs Can No Longer Apply For These 12 Jobs in Saudi Arabia

This changes in Saudi Arabia is a part of Saudization, a policy of the Kingdom implemented by Ministry of Labor where companies and enterprises are required to fill up their workforce with Saudi Nationals as priorities.

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