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5 ministries visit 4,194 phone shops amid full Saudization https://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_4605 ministries visit 4,194 phone shops amid full Saudization 2016-09-27T13:00:00Z<p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">5 ministries visit 4,194 phone shops amid full Saudization  </strong></p><p>A total of 3,761 establishments have complied with the 100-percent Saudization of all professions in the telecommunication sector since the enforcement of the directive (Sept. 2) until Sept. 25.</p><p>The inspection campaigns that are carried out by the Ministries of Labor and Social Development, Commerce and Investment, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Interior and Communication and IT have conducted so far 4,194 field visits to telecom shops in various parts of the Kingdom.</p><p>During tours, the inspectors reported the Eastern Province earned the largest share of establishments being visited with 1036, 120 out of them were shut down because of non-compliance with the directive, whereas 15 out of 865 were closed down in the Eastern Province. </p><p>According to the latest statistics, the number of closures for the establishments that have failed to comply with the directive is 270 as the collective inspectors warned another 84 to stop ignoring the directive or else face similar fate.</p><p>On another front, the inspectors were on patrol to uncover 677 violations across all regions of the Kingdom, 593 out of which were forwarded to the penalties committee.</p><p>The highest number of violations was found in Makkah at 169, and it was followed by the Eastern Province with (168) as Tabuk's telecom establishments have shown full compliance with the directive.</p><p>Dr. Fahad Al-Owaidi, deputy minister for inspection and development of work environment at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, emphasized that the MLSD and the respective ministries will not show any leniency towards violators of the regulation, which have generated enormous job opportunities for Saudi nationals.</p><p>The deputy minister urged stakeholders to report violations relating to the nationalization of the sector through visiting the website at rasd.ma3an.gov.sa or contacting the uniform customer service No. 19911.</p><p>All reports will be handled promptly as the ministry is keen to develop and regulate the labor market, assured Al-Owaidi.</p><p>Previously, the labor ministry issued the directive that target the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of the mobile phones and their accessories as it has entered into its second stage since the month of Dhul Hijjah 1 (Sept. 2).</p><p>The directive is in a bid to generate job opportunities for Saudis who are interested in embarking on telecom career as the sector is known for its profitable earnings and job stability.</p><p>Additionally, it protects the cellphone business against security threats and maintains its social and economic aspects, leading to curbing cover-up activities.</p><p> All enterprises engaged in the phone business must follow the Saudization rule whether they are small, medium, large or mega sized.   </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
Over 2,200 expats' CVs available on 'Kawadir Labor' portalhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_457Over 2,200 expats' CVs available on 'Kawadir Labor' portal2016-09-27T05:00:00Z<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Over 2,200 expats' CVs available on 'Kawadir Labor' portal</strong></p><p> </p><p>A number of private establishments and employers have downloaded over 2,200 resumes of their workers on the 'Kawadir Labor' portal that the ministry launched recently as they plan to transfer their service to other employers.</p><p> </p><p>The move allows companies to recruit and avail of high-skilled expat workers whose service is no longer needed by their original employers as well as benefit from their local experience. </p><p> </p><p>According to the latest statistics released by the ministry, workers' CVs from more than 700 establishments have been requested by potential employers interested to in-source them through the portal.</p><p> </p><p>The portal also opens new avenues for those with expired residence or work permits to seek employment at other companies, as well as for those who do not obtain their residence permits after arriving three months in the Kingdom to look for other sponsors.</p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, the goal of the portal is to limit overseas recruitment by utilizing the existing expat workers inside the Kingdom as their employers wish to terminate their contracts and transfer their service to other employers and private establishments.  </p><p> </p><p>In this respect, the ministry stressed that the portal only serves establishments with green ranges and above in the Nitaqat program, whereas it will help establishments with low Saudization let go their expat workers on their request and hire Saudi nationals instead to move up to a better range.</p><p> </p><p>It is noteworthy that employers can also upload the resumes of expats working in their companies via the portal so as to allow interested employers to attract suitable candidates as per their requirements. </p><p> </p><p>Employers need to obtain approval from their expat workers of both genders before posting their work information on the portal.  </p><p> </p><p>Those who are interested in employing expat job seekers inside the Kingdom or transferring the service of their employees can visit the website at <a href="http://www.kawadir.com.sa/">www.kawadir.com.sa</a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>  </p><p>  </p><p> </p><p> </p>
Ministry inaugurates full-fledged telecom complex for women onlyhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_459 Ministry inaugurates full-fledged telecom complex for women only2016-09-26T10:00:00Z<p style="text-align:center;">​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Ministry inaugurates full-fledged telecom complex for women only</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>A new women-only telecom complex was inaugurated in the Granada district of Riyadh with 100 percent Saudization achieved as the nationalization directive of the telecommunication sector paves the way for feminizing such complexes.</p><p> </p><p>The complex provides full-fledged services that meet the needs of working women amid the unswerving efforts of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to implement the directive.</p><p> </p><p>A group of Saudi girls have started their own business in the cellphone business where they got support from the ministry to open their shops at the Granada women telecom complex.</p><p> </p><p>The complex consists of more than 40 shops including phone sales shops, repair outlets, coffee shops, women accessories stores and grocery stores as well as transportation services for female shop owners and workers, all of which follow the ministry's conditions that regulate women work in the private sector.</p><p> </p><p>Dr. Ibrahim Al- Shafiei, director of the guided nationalization program and advisor to labor minister, and AbdulMunim Al-Shehri, assistant deputy minister for special programs, were present at the inauguration alongside Abdulrahman Al-Qhatani, a telecom complex's owner, and women investors and their families.</p><p> </p><p>During the official's tour, Al- Shafiei introduced incentives and training programs to female investors and workers at the complex that the ministry and its affiliate entities have offered so far, which aims to support and urge Saudi nationals of both genders to join the sector.  </p><p> </p><p>The advisor pointed out that such programs include free-of-charge apprenticeship, wage subsidies and loans, referring that several memoranda of understanding were inked with major telecom companies so as to provide support and motivate Saudi nationals to enter the sector.</p><p> </p><p>Pointing out the implementation of the directive, Al- Shafiei said, "we have felt seriousness and excitement oozed by women investors and workers at the complex. And the ministry and its affiliates will extend all necessary means and support for Saudi women and men including training and financing, in addition to protecting them against the competition of expat workers. We expect them to seize the huge opportunity to embark on their career in the telecom sector." </p><p> </p><p>On another front, Al-Shehri thanked the complex's owner for supporting the directive and providing the suitable work environment for women investors and workers at the complex, mentioning that other women's telecom complexes are planned to initiate across the Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p>He added that he will be in charge of inaugurating those complexes with support from the ministry and its affiliates, in order to allow Saudi nationals to work and invest in the lucrative sector and to improve their standards of living, leading to contribute to the national economic growth.  </p><p> </p><p>Al-Shehri stressed that the ministry has pledged to encourage and support businessmen to set up telecom complexes for women with the aim of nationalizing the sector, generating jobs for Saudi women and preparing suitable work environments as well. </p><p> </p><p>The assistant deputy minister for special programs added that the ministry and its affiliates have prepared a special booth at the complex to highlight services that support shop owners and workers, such as loans, financial support, and protection schemes along with training and employment programs.</p><p> </p><p>The owner of the Granada telecom complex said, "we dedicate the inauguration of the complex to the country as the first large-scale and full-fledged telecom complex that is 100 percent nationalized.'' He referred that the complex has facilitated all services for female entrants and customers.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Qhatani added that the Saudi woman has succeeded to join the cellphone sector with confidence and merit as she can now run her own shop in a secure and safe work environment that protects her privacy and dignity.</p><p> </p><p>The Female customer enjoys privacy when her mobile gets fixed by Saudi female qualified technicians without facing any pressure to deal with expat workers, mentioned Al-Qhatani. </p><p> </p><p>He took the chance to announce the complex would organize free bazaars for productive families as part of its corporate social responsibility towards the society and its members.</p><p> </p><p>Previously, the ministry has pledged to support new 10 women-only telecom complexes located in various parts of the Kingdom as part of its continued efforts to completely nationalize the telecommunication sector.</p><p> </p><p>This move is in a bid to carry out the ministerial decision that targets the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of the mobile phones alongside their accessories.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry also said it will continue supporting businessmen and investors in the sector to create job opportunities for women.</p><p> </p><p>Such support is in a bid to increase female workforce's participation in the labor market either as business owners, saleswomen or maintenance professionals, which goes hand in hand with the objectives set by the NTP under the Saudi Vision 2030.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
'Ajeer' portal helps recruit 1,300 job seekers during Hajjhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_458'Ajeer' portal helps recruit 1,300 job seekers during Hajj2016-09-26T05:00:00Z<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">'Ajeer' portal helps recruit 1,300 job seekers during Hajj</strong></p><p> </p><p>The e-hiring portal for temporary work 'Ajeer' has helped so far 1,300 job seekers to be recruited during the annual Islamic pilgrimage as the number of the registered establishments that post their job opportunities on the portal reached at 300. </p><p> </p><p>The portal, which was launched by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, aims to regulate and balance demand and supply of jobs during Hajj season.</p><p> </p><p>Deputy Minister for Labor Policies of the ministry Dr. Ahmed Kattan said the temporary work portal can be accessed at <a href="https://www.temporarywork.com.sa/">https://www.temporarywork.com.sa</a>, and both companies and job seekers still have time to utilize the portal until Oct. 31.   </p><p> </p><p>Kattan emphasized that the portal is in a bid to provide an electronic market that takes into account the demand and supply aspects during Hajj, whereas individuals in Makkah and Madinah provinces can be contracted on a temporary basis by Hajj service providers.</p><p> </p><p>Registered job seekers can be Saudi nationals or expats with valid residence permits in the Kingdom who are willing to work during the Hajj season, he added.</p><p> </p><p>Kattan pointed out that employers can display their available job opportunities on the portal during the remaining season and job seekers can go through such opportunities and choose the suitable ones.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, the portal also allows job seekers to submit their application in the wait list where employers can retrieve their registered information and appoint suitable candidates to fulfill their vacancies, Kattan said further. </p><p> </p><p>The deputy minister for labor policies called upon Hajj companies and individuals who still want to seize the opportunity to work during the remaining period to register with the 'Ajeer' portal.</p><p> </p><p>They can contact the customer service No. 920002866 if they have any inquiry regarding the service, he said.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p> </p>
Recruitment agencies banned to grant e-authorizationhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_4561Recruitment agencies banned to grant e-authorization2016-09-23T06:00:00Z<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Recruitment agencies banned to grant e-authorization </strong></p><p><br>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has warned recruitment offices and companies of granting electronic authorization for free or in exchange for money to others whether they are individuals or companies.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry stressed that licensed recruitment agencies in Saudi Arabia that can be accessed through the Musaned website (<a href="http://www.musaned.gov.sa/">www.musaned.gov.sa</a>) are the responsible entities to recruit and contract overseas service providers.</p><p> </p><p>The local agencies are also responsible to sign agreements with domestic workers on the behalf of employers who have the right to choose their home helpers before carrying out requests.</p><p> </p><p>Khaled Abalkhail, spokesman for the ministry, said the local agencies have the duty to complete recruitment procedures, pointing out that the ministry has cooperated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to detect several fraudulent cases such as rip-off that faced Saudi citizens dealing with foreign recruitment agencies. </p><p> </p><p>Abalkhail added such complaints have been as a result of misusing the e-authorization and recruiting domestic workers directly from the labor-exporting countries without resorting to the local licensed agencies.</p><p> </p><p>The spokesman clarified that Saudi citizens who are involved in illegal recruitment could be charged of human trafficking in those exporting-labor countries.   </p><p> </p><p>Any office or company violating the domestic recruitment regulations will be fined not less than SR 10,000 and penalties can be multiplied by the number of violations, he said further.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:right;"> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>

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