Small businesses with fewer than 10 workers must employ at least one Saudi worker from next month, the Ministry of Labor has announced.
The ministry recently revealed that 340,000 businesses have no Saudis working for them.
These businesses have been given a grace period to rectify the situation. If a business fails to comply, its work license and worker residence permits will not be renewed.
Minister of Labor Adel Fakeih said inspectors will monitor compliance. Violators will be deported and the business will face penalties and fines.
The minister said that since launching the Nitaqat initiative, about 500,000 Saudis have been employed.
The ministry has also started calling for international firms to help draw up an integrated strategy for the nationalization of government operation and maintenance jobs.
A source at the ministry told a local newspaper that the Ministry of Finance has allocated special funds for this project.