Public sector institutions are already intensifying efforts to reduce the number of expatriate workers. Late September reports spoke of advanced plans for the Ministry of Public Works to end the services of its expatriate workers, and about 400 expatriate employees from the technical, legal and administrative departments of the ministry were affected by this measure.
The ministry laid off 150 migrant workers earlier this year as part of plans to remove 550 expatriates from its workforce by the end of 2020, and local media reported that the ministry aims to reduce the number of its foreign employees to 5% of total workers.
Within 6 months, the Council of Ministers shall issue a decision regarding the maximum number of expatriate workers in proportion to the requirements of the total workforce in the country, the nationality of expatriate workers, with the establishment of a mechanism to test the qualifications, experience and specialization of employees, and to ensure that jobs are allocated in a manner commensurate with the needs of the state.
During the proposed five years, workers who are redundant in the market may have their residency permissible, or they may be allowed to renew their residency if the conditions and controls specified by the executive regulations are met.