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New firms to handle labor recruitment in Saudi Arabia

Three recruitment companies will be established shortly to supply the foreign manpower required by the Kingdom’s job market, Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Gosaibi announced on Sunday.

The new companies will recruit trained and qualified workers for companies and institutions in different parts of the Kingdom. The move aims at solving the problem of excess workers straying in the country.

Speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the board of directors of the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), Al-Gosaibi said no Saudi workers have been retrenched as a result of the global financial crisis.

“There is good coordination between the ministries of labor and justice to study the best ways to settle labor issues,” he said, adding that plans are under way to establish labor courts to protect the rights of workers and employers.

He emphasized that the ministry would not back down from its plan to employ women at lingerie shops. “We have already implemented this plan in different parts of the country,” he added.

The manpower fund has given SR1.8 billion to private companies to train and employ Saudis. Part of the money was given to pay the salaries of Saudi workers at private firms.
The board meeting was attended by Ahmed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Zamil, director general of the fund, who said the contribution of the fund to the salaries of employees would not exceed two years.


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