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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What we call some common Iqama professions in Arabic

I have compiled a list of some Iqama Professions & their relevant meaning in Arabic. I have also added another column where you can pronounce these professions correctly in Arabic. Please note that this post is not related with Family visa neither these professions below have any relevancy with getting family visa.

If you are looking for information regarding family visa you may read information under Family Visa category. Below is a list of Professions, Their Arabic Meaning & Pronunciation e.g How do we speak them.

ProfessionsName in ArabicHow to Pronounce
AccountantمحاسبMu-ha-sib
Architectمهندس معماريMu-han-dis Ma-ma-ri
BankerمصرفيMas-rafi
CarpenterالنجارAl-Naj-jar
CookطبخTab-bakh
Dentistطبيب أسنانTabeeb Asnan
DesignerمصممMu-sam-um
DoctorطبيبTabeeb
DriverسواقSaww-wag
ElectricianكهربائيKa-har-baii
EngineerمهندسMu-han-dis
FarmerمزارعMa-za-ray
General Accountantمحاسب عامMu-ha-sib Aaam
General Workerعامل عاديAamil Aye-di
Graphic Designerمصمم جرافيكMu-sam-um Jara-fic
LawyerمحامMu-haam
MechanicميكانكيMi-kaan-ki
PilotطيارTeyy-yar
Postmanساعي البردSaa-ie Al-Bareed
SalesmanبائعBaaye
ProgrammerمبرمجMu-bar-maj
SecretaryسكرتيرSekr-tair
TeacherمعلمMu-Al-lim
Worker / LaborعاملAamil
WriterكاتبKaa-teb
GuardحارسHaa-ris
SponsorكفيلKaf-fil
JobوظيفةWaz-zeef-fah
WorkعملAmal
ProjectمشروعMash-rooh

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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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