Nitaqat: 86% of firms comply with quota rules

Updated 30 October 2014

Nitaqat: 86% of firms comply with quota rules

Eighty-six percent of the country's firms have now complied with the government's Saudization quotas under its Nitaqat program, the Ministry of Labor announced recently.
Ahmad Al-Humaidan, undersecretary for labor affairs, said these firms are in the minimum, medium and high green zone, and platinum zone. Only 14 percent of firms are in the yellow and red zones and might be deprived of the ministry’s services.
In a statement, Al-Humaidan said this represented a significant improvement on the hiring practices of firms. Only 50 percent of firms had complied with the Saudization quotas when the Nitaqat program was first introduced, he said.
The ministry also announced that it plans to raise Saudization quotas for private firms based on studies carried out by a special ministerial team on the Nitaqat program over the past three years.
Al-Humaidan said that firms would be given six months to comply with the new targets, from the date it is implemented.
He said the ministry has decided to set new targets after creating 45 new economic activities, each of them involving four sizes of firms. This decision was taken after consulting extensively with employers and chambers of commerce around the country. It was also based on the needs and qualifications of job seekers and the human resource requirements of firms.
“We found out it was vital to develop new economic activities and divide others. Each categorization is required to comply with a Saudization ratio suited to it, so that these activities reflect the reality and facts of the market,” said Al-Humaidan.
He said the ministry was taking these decisions because of the increasing number of graduates and job seekers in the country. It was the right of every Saudi national to have a job, he said.
Al-Humaidan said the ministry's new proposals were based on input from 1,021 stakeholders who had submitted comments on its draft proposals published on its Ma3an website.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 11 December 2019

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.