Small to medium companies not fit to employ Saudi women

Updated 01 March 2015

Small to medium companies not fit to employ Saudi women

Business sectors in the Kingdom with less than 500 workers are not fit to employ women, at least according to assessments made by the Ministry of Labor’s adviser.
In his report, the consultant stated that these kind of firms are unable to implement the ministry’s guidelines to provide a proper working environment for Saudi females.
Samer Hussein, adviser to the ministry and chairman of the Human Resources Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that private sector companies that completed the minimum Saudization requirements in Nitiqat Program 1 and 2, will face a crisis in raising nationalization levels. According to Hussein, this is because nationalization should be expanded to include positions of leadership, vocational, consultative and other high-level professions, to employ experienced people and give them salaries that go hand in hand with their expertise. This expansion came after the successful implementation of Saudization programs in simple professions, such as receptionists, security guards and locations’ supervisors.
Transforming companies to employ women is one of the solutions that should be studied by these firms, Dr. Hussein said, especially since it’s difficult to provide male staff who is experienced and willing to receive lower salaries.
Unemployment among women, even if they have university degrees, is on the rise, but the recent trend in telecommuting jobs can provide a chance to employ many women.
After the success of the ministry’s programs in raising wages, the private sector finds it difficult to provide jobs with salaries over SR4,000. To solve this problem, the official stated, companies need to restructure their administrations to expand Saudi employment, both for males and females.
Reflecting the current problems in the labor sector, the director of a company, who preferred to remain anonymous, said he was unable to provide job opportunities for more than SR4,000, especially in reception, security and data entry jobs. He pointed out that even when someone agreed to take on the job, they typically stay for a few months until they find better paid employment.
The Information Center at the Ministry of Labor stated that providing a suitable work environment is the best guarantee for Saudis to stay in the job.
The center confirmed that the ministry is trying to develop women’s work environment, with procedure that guarantee women’s rights to work in a safe and flexible environment that conforms to the Shariah rules.

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.