Nitaqat: Firms face Sept. 10 deadline

The new emblem of the Ministry of Labor that was officially released on Monday. The ministry is currently spearheading a program to bolster the Saudization process. (SPA)

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS

Published: Jun 20, 2011 01:15 Updated: Jun 20, 2011 01:57

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor has given private companies and establishments three months to comply with the Nitaqat program, which aims to improve employment opportunities for Saudis.

Ministry spokesman Hattab Al-Anazi said companies would have until Sept. 10 to ensure they are fully compliant and added labor offices would continue to provide all services to them as usual during this period.

He said companies employing nine people or less would not have to adhere to the program, but would be treated according to the directory of foreign manpower recruitment that will be published later on the Nitaqat website.

The spokesman asked private establishments to amend their data in such a way that they conform to the Nitaqat program.

He said companies should make sure their data are consistent for the benefit of recruitment offices, the Ministries of Labor and Interior and the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI).

The spokesman asked establishments which have not registered at the GOSI to do so. He also said all Saudi employees of the organization should be registered on the “Tameenat Online” website.

Data for the Nitaqat program can be obtained from the GOSI’s database to find out the number of Saudi employees and the Ministry of Interior to find out the number of the foreign workers. -End-

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