20,000 seasonal jobs in Saudi Arabia, only 114 applicants

The syndicate had advertised these seasonal jobs two months ago, which include jobs for drivers and technicians. (Reuters)

The General Syndicate for Cars and Pilgrims and pilgrims transportation companies are still suffering from the reluctance of Saudis to take up the offer of 20,000 seasonal jobs during Haj.

They have received only 114 applications for the 20,000 vacancies advertised.

The syndicate had advertised these seasonal jobs two months ago, which include jobs for drivers and technicians, that also allow government employees who are below the fifth step of the employment scale to join these seasonal jobs.

Secretary General of the syndicate and spokesman of the transportation companies, Marwan Zabidi, said that there are many reasons for this problem, such as stopping the issuance of temporary bus driving licenses, and the issuance of permanent heavy duty driving licenses only to government employees who are below the fifth step of employment scale.

“In addition, these seasonal jobs are very exhausting, but the syndicate has offered many incentives to encourage the younger generation,” he said.

He asked for setting up of a committee of the traffic police, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, the Human Resources Fund under the supervision of the Ministry of Transportation to overcome the current shortage of employees for these jobs.

“The committee should also consider the offered salaries and incentives, and training the applicants on the seasonal transportation jobs,” he said.

He explained that pilgrims are transported between Makkah, Madinah, the holy sites, airports, and sea ports, and drivers are paid a minimum of SR3,000 a month, in addition to incentives and bonuses.

He pointed out that drivers need to carry heavy duty driving licenses and technicians should carry a degree qualifying them or have enough experience as a tachnician, in addition to a letter for government employees allowing the employe to do seasonal work.

“Furthermore, applicants should pass a medical examination to determine their health and should not be under 21 year or over 60 years old,” he said.

A owner of a pilgrims transportation company, Ziyad Farsi, said that the reluctance of nationals to apply for seasonal drivers and technicians jobs is recurring one all year long, but it specially becomes acute during the Haj season.

“There are 20 pilgrims transportation companies that have thousands of jobs available for the younger generation,” he said.

This was first published in the Saudi Gazette

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