Would you or could you ever imagine a Saudi national working a menial job such as cleaning. No right? At least I would not. However times are changing and so the following news might come as a bit of surprise to you. The Municipality of Ghamid Al Zenad, which is a farming town located in Baha, has recently employed 12 Saudi nationals to work as cleaners there. The head of the municipality, Thamir Al Malki has told the Arab News that the Saudi nationals have been appointed after they had passed the tests which are held by the employment committee at the Ghamid Al Zenad Municipality. Al Malki stated that there were more than 150 candidates, most of whom had diplomas or college degrees.
It is not possible under the laws in the Kingdom to hire a college graduate or a diploma holder for such a job. Those who have accepted the jobs had certificates of secondary school or less than that. Al Malki added that he had been impressed by the strong will and determination of the candidates who were successful, to get these jobs. He stated that he felt that their strong determination was not a product of need; however it had been born in them out of a feeling of responsibility, and to also successfully gain an income source and secure government employment.
Al Malki however added that this was not the first time that the Saudi nationals had been hired as cleaners, as several other municipalities around the Kingdom had done so previously. The attention given by the media was very high in regard to these Saudi national workers. These Saudi cleaners will be receiving SAR 3,000 per month. This is a good move by the Municipality as well as the Saudi nationals, who previously would not have considered taking up such a job. Hence it is perhaps because of this reason that several of the media outlets and the general public were a bit taken back by such news.
There has however been a lot of criticism about the employment on social media about the employment of these Saudi nationals. Some people have come out to say that if a non-Saudi or expat had been hired for this same job, they would have been paid a monthly sum of SAR 600, and that too they would be paid every 6 months, whereas the Saudi workers who have secured the job are getting paid a monthly sum of SAR 3000 which is 5 times the pay of the non-Saudis holding the same job.
There also have been several people who have come out to support the new move by the Saudi workers as well as the municipality. These people have stated that instead of criticizing this new move which comes in as a breath of fresh air and a much awaited and needed change in the attitude of the Saudi people, the people should be encouraging this positive attitude and should set it as an example for all other Saudi people as well.
Source: Arab News
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