Good News for Expatriates Living in Saudi Arabia is that Iqama Profession Changes are open now by the Ministry of Labor & Social Development.
The Ministry lifted the ban on Iqama Profession Change to pave the way for applying new occupation matrix and classifying the professions on a standard and sub classification which will be implemented in new Hijri year.
How the System will Classify?
It is a four-level hierarchically structured classification which allows all the jobs in the world to be classified into 436 different unit groups.
These groups form the most detailed level of the classification structure and are aggregated into 130 minor groups, 43 sub-major groups and 10 major groups, based on their similarity in terms of the skill level and skill specialization required for the jobs.
Prior to the ban on change of profession in 2017, a total of 805,641 expatriates changed their job titles in three years. Asian expatriates at 65% topped the list of those who changes their iqama professions, according to a local media report.
Iqama profession change applications should be submitted online at the ministry’s portal. Job titles will not be changed if they are not in line with the occupation matrix system & the labor rules, said ministry’s spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail.
The new system links the Saudi Council of Engineers, the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants to make sure the worker has a professional certification in the engineering, medical and accounting fields.
The ministry seeks to regulate the labor market, serve customers better and provide accurate data related to occupations, Aba Al-Khail said.