May 15 2012
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Struggling with Nitaqat implementation, say employers
The author of the report, Chance Wilson, general manager at Hay Group in Saudi Arabia, says one of the key themes to emerge from the report is the need for greater alignment between stakeholders: "Everyone aspires for the same end result but different approaches leave the private sector with a strong sense that they are bearing the brunt of the pain. In the short term this is bad for business and is ultimately unsustainable."
Wilson says one of the issues that came out of the report is the creation of artificial salary expectations in the market: "The current approach is resulting in upward pressure on salaries that is caused by a program which by design, inflates the worth of individuals through national identity, rather than skills and experience. This in turn distorts the market norms."
The research, which took place between August 2011 and January 2012, recognizes a need for more effective dialogue between the government and employers. Specifically, it recommends greater collaboration and better communication, planning, and resolution surrounding the implementation of the Nitaqat program.
"There is strong evidence that expatriate professionals both embrace the reform agenda and want to contribute in a positive way. Knowledge transfer and succession planning are key to creating a sustainable national work force, and more practical action by all parties is required in order to make this happen," said Wilson.
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