Labor Ministry blames recruitment agencies for unemployment crisis

Updated 08 January 2014
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Labor Ministry blames recruitment agencies for unemployment crisis

Unemployment rates in the Kingdom have been pegged at 11.7 percent for 2013, with 6.1 and 33.2 percent recorded for males and females respectively, said a report issued by the Ministry of Labor.
The report revealed that it had issued licenses to 338 employment offices to hire Saudi nationals but these firms failed to deliver their objectives.
The ministry had established 130 new offices over the past five years and 41 new offices during the beginning of this
year.
Some offices said they failed to find employment opportunities for Saudis due to lack of cooperation from the private sector.
The government aims to provide more licenses to recruitment offices to meet the private sector’s needs for employment of Saudis.
The ministry has called on the recruitment offices to submit a quarterly report to the labor office they are affiliated with. In addition, they are obliged to account for the number of Saudis who found jobs, the reasons behind why citizens were unable to find employment and the office’s activities during the past year. This report should include suggestions and notes that contribute toward the development of the Saudi labor force and employment opportunities, and must lay special emphasis on the needs of the local market and its changing requirements.
The labor offices in each area would rule if the nature of a conflict requires intervention, it said.
Citizens who want to contest the labor office’s ruling can file a complaint with the ministry’s secretary-general for labor affairs within 30 days of the ruling.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.