A reported 478 medical professionals working at King Saud University Hospital in Riyadh have been laid off under a crackdown on expat contracts. The university, which is located in Saudi Arabia’s Medical City complex, had reportedly asked the Ministry of Civil Service to renew the contracts of 516 expat staff who had spent more than 10 years in their posts.
Under civil service requirements, an expat contract worker’s period of service should not exceed a decade though this is subject to negotiation, Saudi Gazette reported.
However, it said that the Replacement Administration at the ministry examined the requests and refused to renew the 478 contracts following pressure from Saudi postgraduates seeking jobs at universities.
They had reportedly been demanding a review of expats’ contracts, while the ministry argued that the expats in question had spent a substantial period of time in the kingdom and there were qualified Saudis to replace them. The ministry renewed the contracts of seven consultant doctors and 31 assistant doctors, the newspaper said.