78.7% private companies not covered by Nitaqat

Updated 26 November 2013

78.7% private companies not covered by Nitaqat

Around 78.7 percent of companies in the private sector are not included in the Nitaqat program (coded green, yellow and red) but fall in the white range which is unregistered, according to a study.
The study, originally prepared for the forthcoming 6th Riyadh Economic forum (Dec. 9-11), said approximately 836,796 out of 1.06 million firms in the private sector are not included in the Nitaqat program.
The white sector firms are staffed by less than a quarter of private sector employees totaling 8.79 million, according to the study. They include jobs which cannot be nationalized such as cleaning staff or drilling and plumbing technicians. The study suggested that this category be kept off the Nitaqat program.
Firms in the green category stood at 13.6 percent followed by the red at 3.1 percent and the yellow at 2.2 percent. There is also a medium-green and golden category with 1 percent each. The green category firms have the largest number of manpower or 55.9 percent of the total work force.
According to data released by the Nitaqat program, non-Saudis comprise 85.6 percent of the work force compared to only 3 percent of Saudi women working in the private sector.
The study showed that 84.5 percent of the work force in the Saudi private sector is employed in the construction, wholesale and retail, manufacturing, agricultural, forestry, hunting and fishing industries.


Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

Updated 48 min 51 sec ago

Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

  • ‘WorldSkills’ started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid

MOSCOW, Russia: Saudi students and experts will be showcasing their innovative skills in aircraft maintenance and welding during the “WorldSkills” competition to be held in Kazan, Russia on Thursday. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of representatives from 75 countries.

“This is a biennial global competition during which more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries compete in 56 various categories,” said the CEO of Colleges of Excellence Dr. Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries. (SPA)

“The competition covers industrial and service professions with the highest international standards to promote technical and vocational training and raise awareness about the impact of such training.

“This competition aims to shed light on the importance of technical skills, encourage young people to acquire them, discover their skills and develop them and find cooperation opportunities among contestants and different sectors,” he added.

Those who qualified from international technical colleges and strategic partnership institutes were: Idris Abduljalil Al-Haji from the International Aviation Technical College (IATC) in Riyadh, Hassan Hussain Al-Rashid from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services, aircraft maintenance expert Ibrahim Khalid Yamani from IATC, and welding expert engineer Ghazi Mohammed Al-Mustanir from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services.

“Saudi students impressed the participants during previous local and international competitions,” Al-Tuwaijri said, adding “Yamani was chosen as the best aircraft maintenance expert during the 2017 competition held in Abu Dhabi.”

“WorldSkills” started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid.