Outlook bright for Saudi nationals, as employment opportunities open up in the Kingdom’s construction sector
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 3 December 2015 – Saudi Arabia is likely to remain the dominant construction market in the GCC for the foreseeable future with an estimated $200 billion spend in construction projects planned over the next two years.
“This development is expected to spur continued growth among stakeholders in the Kingdom’s construction market, especially for local businesses. Equally important, as the sector develops, more employment opportunities should open up for Saudi nationals and further contribute to the country’s continued push for economic growth,” said Mr. Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel, Director General, Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), which was established to intensify Saudisation within the private sector under the Nitaqat programme, touted to be one of the world’s largest quota-based labour policies.
To support its Saudisation efforts, the HRDF has joined forces with leading regional business intelligence firm MEED to organise the first ever Saudi Talent in Construction Conference, which hopes to encourage discussions on the Kingdom’s talent development programmes and policies, particularly within the construction sector.
Mr. Al-Moaiqel will deliver the conference’s keynote address on “Obligations of the private sector to provide strategic partnerships and training opportunities for students and nationals in the construction sector”.
“A recent industry report says overall employment across the GCC is still on the rise, despite the fall in oil prices and its subsequent effect on regional economies. Saudi, however, is pushing through with its investment plans in the construction sector so that should mitigate any slowdown felt in other sectors,” said Colin Foreman, Editor, MEED which is organising the Saudi Talent in Construction Conference which will take place on 6 December 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “Interestingly, the same report says the construction sector is forecast to have the highest average salary increase at 10 per cent, which will hopefully encourage more Saudi nationals to take on jobs in construction projects that are expected to get underway in the Kingdom.”
The ministerial opening address will be delivered by H.E Ahmed Al-Humaidan, Vice Minister of Labour, Ministry of Labour, who will share the latest update on the Kingdom’s labour policy and visa regulations to support the construction industry. This will be followed by a presentation by H.E Dr. Abdulkader Alfantoukh, Deputy Minister of Education for Planning & Information, Ministry of Education, whose address will focus on aligning university programmes with the requirements of the Saudi labour market to develop future Saudi leaders.
Set to host over 200 delegates from across the region, the conference, with its impressive lineup of keynotes, panel sessions, presentations and networking opportunities will provide an ideal platform for various stakeholders to learn more about employment opportunities and challenges in Saudi’s construction industry. The Saudi Talent in Construction Conference is supported by EY and The Talent Enterprise as Knowledge Partners, Bayt.com as Strategic Career Partner and AYTB as Bronze Sponsor. For the latest updates on the agenda and registration details, please visit www.sauditalentconstruction.com.