Fee waivers in Saudi Arabia for industrial sectors’ expats

February 25, 2021 | xpath.global

In a significant move, the Saudi Arabian government has lifted fees for expats workers in the industrial sector. This has a positive shift in labor policies.

Government to Bear Costs

As of October 1, 2019, the government will cover fees for expats workers on behalf of licensed industrial institutions for the next five years, according to a recent cabinet statement. This initiative aims to alleviate financial burdens on businesses and stimulate growth in the industrial sector.

Shift in Policy

Originally implemented to encourage the hiring of Saudi nationals, the expatriate worker fees were found to escalate operating costs. This realization prompted a reevaluation of the policy, leading to the recent decision to exempt expatriate workers in the industrial sector from these fees.

Reimbursement Scheme for Struggling Companies

Recognizing the challenges faced by companies grappling with increased expat work permit fees, King Salman approved a scheme last February. This initiative allows eligible companies to receive reimbursement, provided they employ an equal or higher number of Saudi nationals.

Crucial Role in Economic Diversification

The industrial sector holds strategic importance in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vision to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy. This shift not only reduces financial burdens on businesses but also aligns with the broader goal of creating millions of jobs for the country’s young population.

In conclusion, the exemption of expatriate worker fees in the industrial sector reflects a commitment to economic growth and employment opportunities in Saudi Arabia.

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