Labor Ministry bans eight recruitment firms

Updated 12 November 2015

Labor Ministry bans eight recruitment firms

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor withdrew the licenses of eight recruitment firms and offices over the course of the Islamic calendar year that ended on Oct. 14, for failing to comply with regulations that included not sticking to hiring costs as published on the ministry’s website.
There were also warnings issued to 305 offices over the same period after ministry inspectors spotted various violations, a local publication reported recently.
The ministry explained that it withdrew the licenses of one recruitment firm and seven offices, suspended the licenses of two firms and one office, and issued warnings to 98 firms and 207 offices. It also froze all services to 21 recruitment offices during 1436 AH.
The ministry said that it would continue to crack down on operators that do not comply with the regulations on costing and other hiring procedures promised to their clients. It urged clients to report violations on the customer service phone number 19911, or on the Musaned website.
The ministry requires all recruitment firms and offices in the Kingdom to publish the recruitment costs of expatriate workers to ensure transparency, fairness and guarantee the rights of workers and employers.
The ministry’s electronic portal, Musaned, was launched last year to bridge the gap between employers and their workers. The site has comprehensive information on licensed recruitment offices, provides mechanisms for filing complaints and reporting disputes, displays samples of required documents including exit/re-entry visas and residency permit forms.
The ministry has recently improved the customer service center on the site where information on rights and duties are found in eight languages.


Saudi graduates from UK universities honored in virtual awards ceremony

Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi graduates from UK universities honored in virtual awards ceremony

  • The Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, spoke during the virtual ceremony

LONDON: A virtual awards ceremony celebrating Saudi graduates from UK universities was held on Wednesday evening with the British and Saudi ambassadors in attendance. 

The Study UK Alumni Awards event was held to celebrate the success of Saudi students and their contribution to their professions and their community in the Kingdom.

The Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, spoke during the virtual ceremony, which was streamed on the Facebook pages of the British Embassy in Riyadh and the British Council.

He was joined by Neil Crompton, the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

The ceremony’s awards were split into three categories — the Professional Achievement award won by Dr. Samar Khan of Nottingham Trent University, the Entrepreneurial award won by Abdulaziz Alsaeed of Newcastle University and the Social Impact award, which was given to Dr. Mawya Khafaji from the University of Exeter.