Riyadh, July 10: For the past two months there has been a talk about the new labour laws in Saudi Arabia known as NATAHKAT. Under these new rules, private companies in Saudi Arabia have been classified into four categories which are distinct, Green, Yellow, & Red.
This classification is based on the strength of Saudi employees in the companies. A company which employs less than ten workers is exempted from the operation of this rule. A company which employees 10 to 49 persons is a small company.
As per the new regulations it should employ 5 to 24 percent Saudi workers. A company employing 50 to 499 is classified as a medium company. The rate of Saudi employees in it should be 6 to 27 percent Saudi personnel.
A company which employs 500 to 2999 people is categoried as large company. It should provide 7 to 30 percent local persons whereas a firm employing more than 3000 employees is treated as a big company. It is obligatory on its part to provide employment to 8 to 30 percent local people.
Any company which does not employ any Saudi worker is treated under red category. Green category companies are those who have employed the prescribed number of Saudi workers. If a company offers jobs to Saudis more than the suggested percentage or cent percent will be treated as distinct companiy. Foreign investors should follow these rules also.
According to Saudi Gazette, a seminar was organized in the eastern region of the kingdom in which Secretary General of planning Mr. Osman Bin Saleh clarified certain clauses of the new labour laws. Many companies are willing to follow the new rules but sufficient data about the unemployed Saudi personnel is not available.
Foreign companies are not responsible for not providing to Saudi workers.