Lack of skilled staff closes jewellery workshops
Dammam, February 5, 2014
Around 400 jewellery workshops have been closed in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, due to lack of skilled Indian workers, a report said.
About 100 workshops are struggling to survive, the Arab News said quoting investors.
Abdulghani Al-Muhanna, chairman of the gold and jewelry committee at the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said in the report that most of the closed workshops had employed illegal workers.
He said there now about 100 gold workshops employing about 5,000 foreign workers, but there were very few skilled workers left following the Labor Ministry’s decision to reduce the quota to 40 percent.
He said this was insufficient because of the sector needs skilled workers.
He urged the government to allow legal businesses to recruit more staff.