Saudi Arabia will blacklist job candidates who miss interviews or training, as part of efforts to get more Saudi nationals working for private companies, the al-Eqtisadiah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The move is designed to assuage concerns by companies that the labor market reform plans might force them to employ unmotivated workers.

"The Labor Ministry will issue 'blacklists' of Saudi job-seekers who had necessary and appropriate work opportunities and did not take them," the newspaper quoted Deputy Labor Minister Ahmed al-Humaidan as saying.

Foreign workers fill nine out of 10 private-sector jobs in the world's top oil exporter. Economists say participation of Saudi nationals in the work force is less than 40 percent, or about half the global average.

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