Saudi labour ministry offers ways to hire more expats

Published:  6 Feb at 6 PM
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Companies who have successfully adopted the Saudization conditions have been offered seven ways to hire more overseas workers.

During a meeting with business owners in the kingdom, Labour Minister Adel Fakeih told listeners that the ministry will continue allowing the transfer of expat services from red zone companies to green zone businesses. The green zone will be divided, he added, into high, medium and low categories and a labour rental service will be introduced.

The minimum requirements necessary for workshops and construction companies' inclusion in the green and platinum zones are set to be relaxed. Fakeih is also in favour of legalising work for the dependents of expats as well as accelerating the visa programme, and the ministry has published a Nitaqat programme directory.

Expat services, he said, could be electronically transferred to companies from individual sponsors, thus saving time. The minister urged all private companies to adhere to the regulations on wage protection, adding that action will be taken against those who do not comply with the law.

The Labour Ministry’s director of inspections stated that firms which delay implementation for over a month will be subject to regular inspections. Denials of service, including sponsorship transfers and with the exception of work permit provision, will apply to those who delay for over two months.
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