|19 November, 2019

Nitaqat rules not binding on new establishments in Saudi Arabia

New business setups with be given 12 months to complete all the establishment procedures: minister

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HAIL — Newly established firms are not bound to adhere to the Nitaqat rules making it obligatory on them to have a set percentage of Saudi employees, according to the Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Rajhi.

In a recent meeting with businessmen and women in Hail, the minister said these establishments could recruit foreign manpower without having to fulfill the condition of job nationalization making it imperative on them to employ Saudis.

"These establishments will be allowed to import labor from outside without the need to have Saudi nationals among their staff," he said.

The minister said the new business setups with be given 12 months to complete all the establishment procedures.

"The procedures do not make it a condition on these establishments to have Saudis among their staff in order to be allowed to recruit foreign manpower," he explained.

Rajhi said the ministry has signed agreements with health and agricultural sectors to appoint about 550,000 young Saudi men and women in the private sector.

According to him, there are about 1,000 offices and 32 companies for recruitment competing among each other to import foreign manpower.


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