Private sector 2-day weekend ‘will raise expat salary 30%’

Updated 27 December 2012
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Private sector 2-day weekend ‘will raise expat salary 30%’

A member of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opposed the government’s plan to reduce the working hours at private companies and institutions to five days or 40 hours per week, saying the move would raise salaries of expatriate workers by 30 percent.
Mansour Al-Shatri, head of the manpower committee at the chamber, said the decision would make the Saudi employment atmosphere more attractive for expatriate workers, denying chances of work for Saudi nationals in the private sector.
“If we reduce the working hours of expatriate workers from 48 to 40 hours per week, it means increasing their salaries by 30 percent to compensate the shortage in working hours,” Al-Shatri told Al-Sharq Arabic daily.
“The proposed system goes against the Labor Ministry’s efforts to nationalize jobs,” he said. “It will further increase the cost of living of Saudis as it comes following an increase in expat levy from SR 100 to SR 2,400 annually,” he added.
Al-Shatri said the decision would have a negative impact on businesses. “Saudi businessmen agree to provide more incentives to Saudis on condition that they should not cover expatriate workers who account for 90 percent of manpower in the private sector.” He said the new system would also affect the work of contractors, who have to complete their work within a specific period, as well the work of industrial, commercial, health and educational sectors.
“The new law also states that no expatriate worker should be shifted from his original place without his written permission and allows him to be absent for not more than 40 days in a contract year,” Al-Shatri said.
According to the new law, an expatriate worker shall be given a reward of SR 25,000 if he/she informs authorities about any violations that take place in the firm. “This is not a good idea as it would encourage people to make false accusations and will affect businesses.”


Man arrested in Jeddah for unlicensed chiropractic clinic

A man was arrested by Jeddah police for turning his apartment in to a clinic. (Shutterstock)
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Man arrested in Jeddah for unlicensed chiropractic clinic

  • The apartment has been shut down until concerned authorities are done interrogating him
  • the fake physician had been receiving six to seven patients per day, and taking SR500 ($133) from every new patient and SR300 from returning ones

JEDDAH: Jeddah police and the Health Ministry have arrested a man who had turned his apartment in Al-Bawadi district into a chiropractic clinic.

The apartment has been shut down until concerned authorities are done interrogating him. The director of the Compliance Department, Sultan Al-Mehmadi, said the man’s activities were being monitored since May 12, 2017, after information had been reported about malpractices in the apartment.

He added that the fake physician had been receiving six to seven patients per day, and taking SR500 ($133) from every new patient and SR300 from returning ones.

The confiscated material. (AN photo)



“Inside the apartment, concerned authorities found a room dedicated to manual therapy, and seized… paper used for preparing invoices and medical reports, stamps for crediting these documents, a large number of lab test results, and X-rays requested by him,” Al-Mehmadi said.

“The fake physician was found to be a 66-year-old Lebanese man. After the initial interrogation, he admitted to having been practicing this profession for 15 years.”

The apartment was equipped with medical devices and machines used for physical therapy, and featured medical certificates obtained from anonymous sources, Al-Mehmadi added.

The expatriate’s practice was not approved by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, and he was not licensed to practice a health-related profession. As such, he has violated Article 28 of the Law of Practicing Health Care Professions.

Jeddah’s Health Department urged citizens and residents to be cautious and not get deceived by such practices, which may cause more harm than good.

The department said it will not hesitate to arrest violators who manipulate and deceive people in need for treatment.