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Saudi Arabia: Over 1.6 m inexperienced workers in significant sectors

Historic Jeddah The ministry’s regulations define that there ought to be a licence for accommodating 20 or more employees in real estate. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/ GN Expert Photographer

Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs stated that those who break the ministry’s regulations with regard to lodging of 20 or more workers will confront one month in prison and an optimum fine of 1 million Riyals.The prison term will be increased to up to 180 days in times of crises, such as upsurges, contagious diseases, natural disasters, fear attacks or wars. The charge will be multiplied if offenses are repeated.According to a report by

the ministry’s Agency for Category of Specialists, the range of unskilled employees in the regional employment market, particularly in sectors of service, contracting, operation and maintenance in the considerable cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Al Khobar, Capital and Medina stood at 1.63 million.The ministry’s guidelines specify that there must

be a licence for accommodating 20 or more workers in property. The ministry will comprise long-term committees, including representatives of the ministries of interior, municipal and rural affairs, health, workers and social development, and property, to keep an eye on and inspect such housing of workers.The committee has jurisdiction to perform raids, discover offenses and refer them to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, with the concept of the ideal charge to be taken and if there is any requirement to shut down the real estate or not.In an associated advancement, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs chose to entrust facilities to carry out assessments of the structures housing 20 or more staff members to examine whether these structures are adhering to the terms set by the ministry in this regard.Okaz/ Saudi Gazette has actually gotten from alerted sources that the ministry has in fact begun getting applications from facilities,

which want to carry out verification, follow-up and tracking of such structures through the ministry’s”Baladi” online website.

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