New Nitaqat program for recruitment firms

Updated 16 June 2015

New Nitaqat program for recruitment firms

JEDDAH: The ministry of Labor is preparing to launch a new Nitaqat program for recruitment companies and offices soon, a senior official said. The program will include both incentives and penalties for companies based on the zone they belong to.
Tayseer Al-Mofrej, director of the ministry’s media center, said the new program will be based on specific standards that measure the performance of recruitment companies in the Red, Yellow, and Green zones.
He said companies in the red zone which violate the terms of the programs would have their licenses withdrawn, while yellow zone companies would have their licenses suspended. Green zone companies which do not have any violations will have access to certain benefits.
According to Al-Mofrej, standards include performance and quality of services provided to citizens, low number of complaints of reported violations against offices and companies and compliance with the Ministry’s rules and regulations related to recruitment of domestic workers. Based on the level and duration of compliance with these specifications, the ministry will offer companies certain benefits including increases in visa quotas and ability to enter into new private and fast track services.
Companies that do no adhere to the standards established by the program would not be able to access these services provided by the ministry.
Al-Mofrej confirmed that the ministry is currently working and developing the basic criteria for the program. Details of the program and effective date will be announced soon.
The move comes as part of the broader plans announced by the Ministry recently to develop and improve the domestic labor market. A team of specialists has been studying and reviewing the market, including costs of recruitment and establishment of a cost ceiling for recruitment of domestic labor from other companies, as well as setting a maximum 60-day period for the recruitment process and issuing licenses to companies who comply with these and other standards.
The ministry aims to provide services in accordance with these specific pricing and service standards, and increase competitiveness in the domestic labor recruitment market to ensure efficiency and ability to meet the growing demand for female household workers.

Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019

Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.