May 02 2012
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Labor Ministry takes steps to redefine work hours
While addressing a Career Day function organized by Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh yesterday, undersecretary for labor affairs at the ministry Ahmed Al-Humaid was stressed the importance of such forum in forging stronger coordination between educational institutions.
He said a panel discussion would be held at King Abdullah Center for National Dialogue to work out recommendations on issues related to work conditions, including working hours and weekends.
The Labor Ministry official reviewed some misconceptions related to work conditions in public and private sector companies. He urged the private sector firms to employ Saudi youths after having proved their competence in all areas they have worked.
He said the ministry possessed no exact figures on unemployment rates in the country and stressed that all job seekers are not unemployed, as many of them are looking for better working conditions.
He said the Nitaqat program never inflicted any harm on the small-scale firms, as they are not included in the program.
For his part, deputy rector for communal services and IT Fozan Al-Fozan said the forum was an incubator for youth and was part of the university role in finding jobs for its graduates.
Dean of employment services Khalid Al-Shalfan said the career day was considered a chain that links graduates to the labor market.
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