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.

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah