The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) in Riyadh has put forth three potential models for a skill-based recruitment system that prioritizes skill sets. These models were formulated as part of a recent study conducted by the ministry, aimed at enhancing the work visa system in Saudi Arabia.
The patterns were categorized into three levels: high, medium, and low with the aim to enhance productivity, elevating the standards of professionalism and innovation in the Kingdom while reducing the number of unskilled workers in the labour market.
This study looked into the suggested patterns, as well as comparable overseas models that could be used in the Kingdom. It also examined the current situation, including data, and the necessary elements of the new recruitment system. The results of the study included an implementation plan, project charters, an operational model, governance of the recruitment system, and performance metrics.
The Ministry revealed that they had initiated the Skill Verification Program (SVP) last year to attract more skilled foreign workers. This programme is designed to test the practical and written skills of workers so that they can apply for a Saudi work visa.
The first phase skilled workers program from Saudi Arabia was first initiated in Pakistan, with the launch of SVP by MHRSD in September of last year. It was subsequently introduced in India and Bangladesh.
The initial phase involved assessing the skills of professionals from five different professions, such as plumber, electrician, welder, refrigeration/air conditioning technician, and automobile electrician.