>> In Saudia Arabia, many jobs are now off limits to foreigners. In the last month, car rental shops were told they could only employ Saudi citizens. A shop owner telling us, 70% of the shops in this area of Riyadh are now closed. They can't find the workers. You can signs like this all over Riyadh.
It says that they are looking for Saudi workers only, and the shop is currently closed. But there are still foreigners working here, they are just doing so illegally. They hide in their cars and only come out if they see a customer. If they see the police, they run away.
One employee says it's simple, Saudis don't want to work for the low salaries on offer. So called Saudization has been taking hold for years, pressure to hire more Saudi workers is being felt across all sectors. It's part of Vision 2030, the government's plan to wean its economy off oil exports, and reduce unemployment, currently 12.8%.
There's a growing list of jobs that are for Saudis only. Everything from selling cell phones, to carpets. Owners recently here in one of the cities, a gold markets were told that they´d only be allowed to employ Saudi sales people. One salesman told us someone from the labor ministry was just here, checking the rules were being followed.
Another who didn´t want to go on camera, said Saudi workers were lazy and didn´t want to do long hours. In this cellphone market, it's been nearly two years since foreign workers got the chop. The manager says turnover is high.>>
> The reason we're changing the employees, he's not dealing well with the customers, he comes late, he's not dedicated.
>> A local economist says Saudis get they have to work for a living now, but says it's down to businesses to pay fair.>> The thing is, you get someone from outside if there is no Saudi to work here, okay? But, if you have two competing, I say okay, I will take the expert just because of a lower wage, I think that should not be allowed.
>> About two thirds of Saudi workers are employed by the public sector, as the government restrains spending in an era of cheap oil, the pressure is on private businesses, to create jobs.