Arab News reports that some business in Saudi Arabia, seeking to avoid the difficulties involved with hiring Saudi employees, but also hoping to avoid punishment for not doing so, have been faking it. They have claimed to have Saudis on the payroll — thus exempting them from punishment, but also garnering benefits — by simply putting Saudi names down on their payrolls. The article notes that some Saudis are happy to collect a second salary, even if a small one, just for the use of their names, but most names were used without their owners’ awareness.
In any event, over 47K false employees have been identified.
The Ministry of Labor has suspended the advantages it had granted to several companies that were implementing the Nitaqat system after it discovered they had given fake numbers of Saudi employees. The ministry found out that 47,000 Saudis registered as private sector employees at the General Organization of Social Insurance (GOSI) are in fact not working in the private sector. The names are of persons employed in the government sector, including an undisclosed number of military personnel, according to an Al-Eqtisadiyah newspaper report that quoted unidentified sources on Tuesday.
The discovery was the result of a collaborated effort by the ministry, GOSI, and the National Information Center of the Ministry of Interior.
The ministry immediately halted the advantages of completing visa procedures electronically for these companies and approached relevant authorities to approve a new mechanism to link the data of relevant departments electronically to stop such circumvention.