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SCTA targets 80% Saudization rate in travel, tourism sector

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In this file photo, a folk dance team performs at the summer festival in Namas in Asir province. (SPA)

RIYADH: ARAB NEWS

Published — Saturday 13 September 2014

Last Update 13 September 2014 3:22 am

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has announced a five-year plan to achieve 80 percent nationalization of jobs in the tourism and travel industry, local media reported quoting an SCTA official.
Currently around 15,000 employees work in the tourism sector across the Kingdom, with Saudis constituting 35 percent of the workforce, asserted Abdulaziz Al-Haza, head of the job nationalization commission at the SCTA.
Al-Haza noted that Saudis working at junior level posts earn SR5,500, while those working in senior positions receive SR10,000 per month. He added that nationalization rates would be increased through training programs with entities such as the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). The programs aim to employ 570 young Saudi cadres in the sector.
He predicted that the number of Saudis employed in the sector would reach 22,600 by 2020, stressing that all types of jobs would become available for Saudis through support programs organized two times a year.
The support programs will increase the qualifications of employees on a variety of skills such as English, computer, customer services and marketing.

Source: http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/629481


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