Nitaqat to end trade in work visas: Fakeih

By MD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS

JEDDAH: Labor Minister Adel Fakeih said the Nitaqat program, which aims to improve employment opportunities for Saudis, would put an end to the trade in work visas.

He added that the program would oblige all private establishments to be in the green band (of meeting Saudization quotas) by employing Saudis and registering them with the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI). “Nobody will be exempted from the Nitaqat program,” he warned, revealing that 20 percent of private establishments were in the red band, meaning they are a long way away from meeting their targets.

Fakeih, who was speaking at a press conference here on Monday, denied that the Saudi Electricity Company was in the red band and said with 27,000 Saudi employees, the company has been rated as excellent in the Nitaqat program.

He revealed that the recent royal decrees had asked the ministry to consider reducing working hours in the private sector so that they were in line with the government system, but said a study on the issue was not yet completed.

On the halting of recruitment of housemaids from Indonesia and the Philippines, the minister said the decision was made due to the conditions and demands imposed by the two countries.

“When the two countries lift these conditions, recruitment from them will resume as usual,” he said. He added that agreements concerning the recruitment of foreign manpower would be concluded with governments and parliaments instead of labor committees. read more

Categories: Asia, Economics, Saudi Arabia

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