A total of 18 recruitment firms in the Kingdom will hire workers for contractors on a short-term basis to complete stalled projects, according to industry experts.
These construction companies are, nevertheless, in need of enhanced, long-term recruitment initiatives to cover for the shortage of workers in the local market.
“We need more than 30 recruitment firms licensed in the Kingdom since construction firms lost more than 70,000 foreign workers in the last two years,” said Abdulaziz Al-Khayat, a member in the contractors’ committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).
The move is expected to provide much needed relief to the Saudi construction industry, which has been struggling with a dire labor shortage. The hiring program was launched at the end of the amnesty period on Nov. 3, 2013.