New Regulations & Fines by Ministry of Labor

Saudi Ministry of Labor (MoL) will impose various fines on employers / companies who are unable to follow new regulations. Below is the summary of these fines under new regulations, please note we have compiled this for information sharing purpose only, you may visit actual news site for further clarification.

SR 2,000 fine on employer on keeping passport of employee with him.

SR 3,000 fine under wage protection program on companies who are unable to pay salaries on-time to their workers. This amount of fine will be for each unpaid worker. Furthermore workers will be allowed to transfer their services to another company without the need of approval from current employer. Wage protection program will be compulsory for companies who are having at least 11 workers and a maximum of 100 workers on Feb 2016.

SR 5,000 fine on employer if he did not provide a copy of contract to his workers.

SR 10,000 fine on employer for offering such a job to male worker which is restricted for female worker.
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Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: The Way It Works

Higher Education in Saudi Arabia
Image Source: www.kau.edu.sa

Standing on the pinnacle of growth with economy proliferating at a rapid rate, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most lucrative options for leading a comfortable life in every aspect. Right from the best employment options in its booming economic spheres, to a multitude of opportunities for those looking forward to pursue higher education, the KSA has always looked forward to harbor expatriates and talented individuals from all around the globe.

The article below will build on the same line of thought and discuss regarding the higher education system in Saudi Arabia. Give it a glance to gain a better insight before you’re on your flight to this exotic kingdom.

The Universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Post its entry into the era of globalization in the early 1970s, higher education became a focus for the Saudi regime to shape the economy in the most efficient way. Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) was established in the year 1975, with the foremost objective to incept institutions to serve the same purpose throughout the kingdom. Consequently, as of 2014 there are 25 public and private universities in Saudi Arabia.
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Termination of Work Contract in Saudi Arabia: Avoid These to Stay in Your Job

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia- a country harboring millions of professionals from all across the globe, stands as a lucrative option for all those looking forward to lead a comfortable professional life. A country with nearly 31% of its population constituting expats sure does entice any individual to secure a job offer here. But there are certain subtleties you need to comprehend with, before you’re on your flight to Saudi Arabia.

One such thing to consider is the employment contract you’re going to sign. Of course, you know about it being both in English and Arabic, but is that all?

What about the termination and related clauses? Yes, it does need some space of you mind and thoughtful consideration. Hence, the section below will seek to discuss the same and help you gain a clear insight about the employment contract in the KSA and the clauses leading to its termination.
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Helpline for Expatriate Problems in Saudi Arabia

Helpline in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Govt has provided a helpline for expatriates to discuss and solve their problems, register complaints against abuse of law by sponsors or anyone else.

Expatriates can call this number 19911 and submit their complaint in a variety of languages available from Saturday to Thursday. Currently available languages are Arabic, English, urdu, Hindi, Indonesian, Amharic, Malayalam and Tagalog.

QSaudi Blog has created a very useful graphic for this purpose which can be seen below.

So if you are an expat in Saudi Arabia and you are having any difficulty regarding labor law, abuse of law or any other issues related with your company or sponsor feel free to dial this number and authorities will guide you to the possible solution.

Saudi Arabia Helpline for Complaints

 

Your Work Life in Saudi Arabia: How will it be?

Work Life in Saudi Arabia

Riding on a Camel back and moving across the sand dunes and winds in the Arabian Desert with an Arabic song playing in the background. The idea might seem synonymous to a lot of people’s perception of working in Saudi Arabia.

But, is there any other shade to this cliched thought?

Yes dear reader, there definitely is. Working in Saudi Arabia is a different experience altogether. Right from beautiful places like Dumat al Jundal and Jamarat bridge to the rich delicacies like Kabsa, Haneeth and Baladi cheese, this Kingdom has a lot to offer to those living here.  Saudi Arabia gives numerous job opportunities to grow and excel in one’s professional life.

However, the discussion to follow will talk about the work conditions and idiosyncrasies in this country. Giving it a quick glance might help you gain an insight regarding the professional life and work environment you’ll be facing, once you are there.

What do you need to know about the employment contract?

  • You will be provided with an employment contract which will specifically mention all the details of the pay-package. Any verbal communication will not be considered or covered by the contract.
  • Though you’ll be handed over an English-language contract signed by you and your employer before departing for Saudi Arabia, but you’ll be asked to sign an Arabic version after your arrival as well. Arabic version is the one that will be referred in case of any dispute.
  • When checking the contract make sure the details regarding salary, job title and description, probation period, housing allowance and relocation costs are included.

What are the working hours in KSA ?

  • The number of hours you’ll have to devote to work per week varies between 40 to 48 in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, depending on the organization’s policy.
  • Office hours range between 7.30 am/8 am until 12 noon, then from 3.30/4 pm until 7 or 8 pm.
  •  Most of the government offices are open from 7.30 am to 2.30 pm with the general banking hours being 8 am until noon.
  • However, in the month of Ramadan the working day is reduced to six hours, which a lot of companies apply only to the Muslim staff.
  • Friday is the Muslim day of rest and if your firm has a five-day working week, the other day off will either be a Thursday or Saturday.

What are the work ethics you need to keep in mind?

Work ethics keep on altering once you are moving across the globe from country to country. In Kingdom of Saudi Arabia they are much different to those followed at any work destination in the world. Right from the most conservative style of dressing to a specific polite way of greeting your co-workers, this country has the most different set of work and business etiquettes in store for you.

For instance, you will be expected to greet your colleagues by the title Sayed (Mr.) or Sayeda (Mrs.). Whilst working in Saudi Arabia you’ll also have to avoid scheduling any business meeting on Friday, which is generally known by the name ‘Juma’- meaning the prayer day.

What is the remuneration available in different professions?

  • According to a salary survey (in Saudi Arabia) by a reputed website the average monthly salary in the country is 16,252 SAR.
  • However, the maximum salary is as high as 140,000 SAR and the minimum is as low as 833 SAR.
  • The remuneration associated with some prominent professions in Saudi Arabia (as of 2nd Sep 2014) can be found below.
  • Accountant: 60,187 SAR per year
  • Civil Engineer: 96,866 SAR per year
  • Electrical Engineer: 112,355 SAR per year
  • Mechanical Engineer: 109,091 SAR per year
  • Project Manager, IT: 198,372 SAR per year
  • Registered Nurse: 54,714 SAR per year

What will be the entitlements associated with your job?

  • Employment in Saudi Arabia includes a 21 days paid vacation for the first five years of your tenure. Some companies allow the employee to go on vacation only once in every two years. Hence, make sure that your work contract includes at least 21 days of paid vacation in a single year.
  • From the 6th year onwards the number of vacations increases to 30 per year. However, if your employer has made you to sign a contract of 21 days’ vacation even after you’ve entered the sixth year of tenure, the law obligates him to pay you for the remaining 9 days per year once you’re leaving the kingdom.
  • An employee working for more than 2 years is eligible for ‘End of Service’ benefits too.
  • For less than 5 years: 1/3rd of the ESB award or half salary.
  • For more than 5 and less than 10 years: 2/3 of the ESB award or half salary for the first five years and full salary for the next five years.
  • For more than 10 years: Full ESB award or half salary for the first five years and full salary for the rest of the years.

Working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will make you a part of eight million expats in the country, thriving for a comfortable and secure work life. But, it might seem like a cake walk, once you are well acquainted with the norms and regulations followed in this country.

If you are new in Saudi Arabia you might be interested to know ways to use Public Transport in Saudi Arabia, check here. TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS IN SAUDI ARABIA

Author Bio: Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics relating to employment across the gulf.  Reach him at

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Expatriate Dependents Can Now Work in Saudi Arabia

Update: 30-Oct-2014 10:55 am
In a recent statement to Arab News, undersecretary for Labor policies at the Labor Ministry said

expatriate women teachers on dependent visa (house wife iqama) can work at private schools without transferring their sponsorship to the school, This decision has been taken to tackle shortage of female teachers at private schools. Instead of issuing new teacher’s visas and source them from abroad Ministry decided to take advantage of locally available skilled female teachers. This will require a formal approval from the MoE (Ministry of Education) for each individual candidate.


Expat Dependents Can Now Work without transferring their Sponsorship

Expatriate Dependents can now work in Saudi Arabia at private organizations or International Schools without transferring their sponsorship to their employers, Saudi Gazette newspaper has reported. This decision by Ministry of Labor will allow local community schools or private schools to hire wives or daughters of expatriate workers who are already living in Saudi Arabia but unable to work due to their iqama status, which previously not allow them to work.

This will reduce amount of foreign manpower required for local education system and help utilize existing manpower which is available here in the form of expatriate dependents.
Expatriate dependents which are previously living in Saudi Arabia but unable to take part in development of country can now easily join hands with locals and can utilize their education and talent to bring prosperity in education sector of Saudi Arabia.

I am emphasizing more on education because this sector lacks qualified staff and private schools are already taking benefit of expatriate dependents but in an illegal way (because govt does not allow dependents to work). However current move on MOL will bring a good change in local education system and it will make more and more qualified people available for hiring in schools and other organizations.

Dependents have to register with Ministry’s Ajeer Service which will be monitored by MoE (Ministry of Education)

Schools in Saudi Arabia were always having problems in recruitment of female teachers because their guardians aren’t ready for transferring their sponsorship to schools. Now under monitoring of MoE female teachers can easily work in schools without need to transfer sponsorship (iqama) to school and schools will be responsible for their medical insurance.

As per Saudi Labor Law, daily working hours cannot exceed 8 hours so the same will be effective for female teachers. Additionally female teachers are entitled to 21 days paid annual leave.

There are further benefits for pregnant working females. They can have a maximum of 10 weeks maternity leave. They have a right to get 1 hour break for breast-feeding their children. Furthermore employer cannot fire a female during maternity leave and the employer will be responsible for all medical expenses for the pregnant female teachers. These are some great benefits female teachers will get, Thanks to Saudi Arabian Govt.

If you are not familiar with how to get your family in Saudi Arabia, read this post.

GETTING FAMILY VISA IN SAUDI ARABIA

How to Check Traffic Violation Fine in Saudi Arabia

Check Traffic Violation Fine regularly in Saudi Arabia should be your first priority these days as major Saudi Arabian cities are now covered with security cameras all around. Each Person who got a Saudi Driving license and drives a vehicle in Saudi Arabia should know How to check Traffic Violation fine. Saudi Arabian govt has setup a system called Saher which helps increase road safety. This system is working under Ministry of Interior Saudi Arabia. Saher system has setup Traffic Cameras on various busy and non-busy roads. These Saher cameras read violater’s number plate and automatically add fine to his account.

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In Saudi Arabia traffic fines range from 150 SR (minimum) to 1000 SR (maximum). Traffic violation in Saudi Arabia is greatly controlled by Saher cameras however fast drives don’t like it because they get traffic fines. Ministry of Interior (MOI) website allows everybody to check traffic violation fine online. You are just required to provide your iqama number at MOI website and you can see status of your account. Sometimes you don’t see a camera flash due to some reason and the traffic fine is already added in your ignorance so it would be a good idea to keep track of your fines online & regularly checking for traffic violation fines via MOI Website.

Check Traffic Violation Fine Online via MOI Website

1. Visit MOI (Ministry of Interior) Website

http://www.moi.gov.sa

MOI Website

2. Go down on the page a little and you will see MOI Services Section in the page, Click on the link as pointed with an arrow in picture below. Upon click, a new page will be opened, check next snapshot.

MOI Website Services

3.In the final screenshot below, type your iqama number (for expats) and national ID number (for Saudi Nationals). In the next text box, type the given image code. It is called captcha  and it is used to block spam or script attacks. Once you enter required details correctly then click on View button. A green line of text will appear in the bottom and will tell you the amount of your traffic violation fines. Say Alhamdulillah if you find it 0 (Zero)

MOI - Check Traffic Violation Online

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Giveaway – Get a chance to Win an iPad Air in Photography Contest

Freshi Ice Sticks is a Jeddah based Ice Cream / Ice Sticks manufacturer and retailer who sells fruit based Italian ice cream called gelato. Freshi is rapidly moving across Jeddah as it has 13 retail branches in some of Jeddah’s most visited shopping malls in short period of time. Their products are liked by all age groups, children, youth and senior citizens because they use fruit based ice cream which is categorized best ice cream available these days. One of another great feature of their ice cream is less use of butter-fat and sugar, Freshi claims they are using 50% less sugar than other ice cream brands available in local market.

Freshi Ice Sticks also featured on Jeddah’s online food directories including Sufrati.com, Jeddahfood.com, hellofood.com etc

Why I am telling you about Freshi Ice Sticks might be something very exciting for all of you specially Jeddah Photographers and that is a Photography Contest Freshi Ice Sticks has started recently. This contest aims more and more people visiting Freshi Ice Sticks branches and become aware of their product as well as take photos and become eligible to win an iPad Air. Freshi Ice Sticks requires photographers to take photos of children or adults holding their products e.g Ice Stick.

There are other prizes as well, top 10 photographs will win prizes,50 Ice Sticks treat for 2nd position holder and 25 Ice Sticks treat for 3rd best photo, while 4th to 10th positions will get 10 Ice Sticks each.

So what are you waiting for!

It is time for you to show your photography skills and take a best shot of Freshi Ice Sticks with a person, then submit your photo to Freshi Ice Sticks fan page on the facebook.

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Below are some Terms and Conditions or procedure of participating in this photography contest.

Terms and Conditions of Photography Contest

  1. Visit any Freshi Ice Sticks branch
  2. Buy your favorite Ice Stick
  3. Show your Photography skills and Take best shot
    1. Preffered – Picture of kids or adults holding Freshi’s Ice Stick
    2. Picture of Ice Sticks
    3. Picture of Display Freezer
    4. Picture of our shop
  4. Send your picture to Freshi facebook page until 30th June 2014
  5. A panel of judges will choose top 10 Photos
  6. We will officially announce winners on 5 July 2014
  7. Decision of Freshi Ice Sticks will be final
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