Analysis: A New Way of Mandating Saudization?

Key takeaways 

  • In early February, Saudi Arabia’s Communication, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) announced updates to its regulations regarding Saudization requirements for telecom companies operating in the Kingdom. 
  • The updated regulations are notable in that they provide more detailed, specific, and targeted requirements for increasing Saudi employment in the telecom sector compared to previous CST guidelines and similar regulations in other sectors. 
  • This development is most likely coordinated with the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) that provides the overall regulatory framework for Saudization and coordinates sector-specific requirements with industry regulators. 
  • While these regulations target the telecom sector, they may provide insight into how Saudization requirements in other sectors may evolve, as sector regulators move to introduce their own requirements.


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