Saudi Gazette gives front-page treatment to a piece reporting that a quarter million Saudis found jobs while foreign workers were being forced to comply with immigration and labor laws or leave the country.

That’s a considerable number. It should help with the statistics on unemployment, but there’s still a long way to go before those willing to work — male and female — have jobs.

Over 250,000 Saudis got employed during amnesty
Saudi Gazette report

AL-KHOBAR – Minister of Labor Adel Fakieh said that more than 250,000 Saudis have benefited from the seven-month amnesty period that ended on Nov. 4.

“The ministry will publish in the near future all the figures regarding their placements in each sector and region, in addition to the outcome of the status correction campaign,” he told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) after inaugurating the Third Social Dialogue Forum here on Wednesday afternoon.

Fakieh thanked Minister of Interior Prince Muhammad Bin Naif and other ministry officials for their support to make his ministry’s drive to regulate the local employment market a great success.

The minister said the first forum focused on ‘working time and period of work hours’ while ‘the policies and structures of wages in the private sector’ figured in the second forum.


December:05:2013 - 10:58 | Comments & Trackbacks (3) | Permalink
3 Responses to “Getting to Work”
  1. 1
    Niels C Said:
    December:06:2013 - 14:42 

    Funny though. It was also 250.00 jobs that was created in summer 2012.
    Their lucky number ?
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/67929a88-d65b-11e1-b547-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2mj1UdxuK

    And they plan another 250.000 in the next years
    http://www.arabnews.com/news/476141

    We will see ?

  2. 2
    John Burgess Said:
    December:07:2013 - 08:00 

    @Niels C: Perhaps we should just mentally translate “250,000″ to mean “lots”. It seems to be a magical number like 7, 9, or 13, though of a higher magnitude.

  3. 3
    Niels C Said:
    December:09:2013 - 20:01 

    Agree…. But it will be interesting to follow the the next year

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