RIYADH: The Ministry of Education released a statement on Wednesday which said that only qualified Saudis must be hired in government schools and universities. The expats will be considered for the job only if there are no Saudis in the waiting list. They shall announce this on their websites and in newspapers.
The universities are required to contact the Ministry of Civil Service to make sure there are no qualified Saudi jobseekers in the specified specialization on its employment waiting list and only then they can hire expats. The ministry noted that the regulations and instructions stipulate the necessity of ascertaining the actual need for hiring non-Saudis in specialties after carrying out these procedures, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Mubarak Al-Osaimi, spokesman of the ministry, said that the Saudi universities have active programs to deputize lecturers to the world-class universities to pursue specialized studies so as to qualify them to take up jobs of academic faculty members in the universities in future. He pointed out that hiring of non-Saudis as faculty members is on a temporary basis until the return of these graduates. This will be for a period of one year that is renewable. The universities can dispense with these expatriates if they do not want to renew their contracts.