Insurance to help 1 million jobless Saudis

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Updated 28 July 2016
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Insurance to help 1 million jobless Saudis

DAMMAM: Insurance industry sources say that a new unemployment dole system will guarantee a monthly income for one year for workers removed from their jobs so long as they have worked for more than 12 months on the job.
The sources pointed out that the system will be mandatory for all participants, as the worker will pay 1 percent of his salary toward the fund and the employer will make a matching contribution of 1 percent. The sources expected the number of beneficiaries of this decision to exceed 1 million workers in the Kingdom.
The sources pointed out that the system will serve a large segment of workers in the state, as it will provide a decent life for them in case they lose their jobs, especially since the system will offer monthly salaries for one year from the date of release from employment.
The monthly deduction rate is not high, and it gives the employees many advantages, including benefiting from the General Organization for Social Insurance.
Businessmen, however, criticized the pressure exerted on the private sector to achieve Saudization, without exercising similar pressures on young people to commit, stressing that the private sector has a sense of responsibility with Saudi workers, as they are considered part of the facility, and therefore they will able to move with the decision to serve the public interest.
They noted that the private sector is dealing positively with all the decisions made by the state, including increasing the minimum wage.
Shoura Council member Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed believes that the unemployment system will help workers search for job opportunities in peace. He said that under the system, workers will get 60 percent of their salary, not exceeding SR9,000.


US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

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US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

  • Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish

JEDDAH: Football fans around the world celebrated the recognition of women in sports after the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) final match in Lyon, France, in which the US beat the Netherlands 2-0. One country where the US victory struck a powerful chord among female sports enthusiasts is Saudi Arabia.

Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in the Kingdom as the reforms being introduced under the Vision 2030 plan enable women to take on different career paths.

Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish. In the end, they celebrated not only the US team’s victory but the recognition of women in sports as a whole. Members of the team talked to Arab News about how they have been inspired by the WWC.

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Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in Saudi Arabia as Vision 2030 reforms enable them to take on different career paths.

Johara Al-Sudairi, who has been playing for Jeddah Eagles as a winger since August 2017, said she is thrilled that football is gaining popularity among women in the Kingdom.

Fatimah Gari, who joined the team as a striker in 2014, was happy for her fellow female football players in the US for their victory.

“It is a very good feeling,” the 28-year-old Saudi told Arab News. “I wish one day we will have a Saudi team and will be in their place.”

The 16-year-old central midfielder believes Arab women would perform better than their male counterparts given the right support.

“With the right amount of funding and support, Arab women for sure can be better at playing,” she told Arab News.