Sep 05 2011
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New incentives for Nitaqat-compliant employers planned
"In addition to the incentives already declared, private employers will enjoy additional ones from the beginning of next Hijrah year (Nov. 26)," he said, adding that the new phase would bring about a dramatic improvement in the employment of Saudis in the private sector.
He said the ministry has received applications from 1.5 million Saudi jobseekers during the last few weeks. "We'll finalize the list in November and this will enable us to provide the private sector with an adequate number of Saudi workers they require," he said.
"This will be the last chance for them to improve," the minister said.
"We'll start providing incentives to deserving employers from the start of the new Hijrah year (1433H)," the minister said.
He said the Nitaqat system is linked by the computer systems of various government departments. "As a result, companies in the red category will not be able to renew the work permits as well as iqamas of their workers. This will also make any foul play with regard to evading Saudization rules impossible," he said.
Fakeih said the ministry would intensify inspections of private companies to punish violators.
"We are going to implement new mechanisms from next year (1433H) when citizens would be able to inform the ministry by phone or e-mail about the
violation of Saudization rules by private firms," he said.
In a previous statement, the minister said his ministry would soon announce the number of unemployed Saudi men and women and the number of jobs that would be created through the Nitaqat system.
Fakeih will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce the launch of the second phase of a program named Hafiz, which is aimed at providing necessary assistance to Saudi jobseekers.
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