Three companies, comprising 13 recruitment firms in the Kingdom, are to hire out workers on a short-term basis to contractors needing to complete their projects.
Recruitment companies will supply workers for a year to construction companies and to other firms that need workers for short periods, according to industry experts.
The move is expected to provide relief to the Saudi construction industry struggling with labor shortages.
The launch of the hiring-out program will take place at the end of the amnesty period on Nov. 3.
The move is aimed at compensating for the departure of thousands of expatriate construction workers over the past three months, said an industry expert.
Recruitment companies will also provide trained and qualified workers as needed.
Abdullah Radwan, chairman of the contractors committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), said the program would help resolve labor shortages.
“There are three recruitment firms that have been licensed to launch labor rental programs,” Radwan told Arab News.
He said the program will provide workers on short-term (contracts) without having to transfer their sponsorships. Awad Al-Zahrani, a member of the recruitment committee at the JCCI, said a number of recruitment companies were preparing training programs for workers.