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Saudi Launches Platform for ‘Flexible’ Employment Contracts

Saudi Launches Platform for ‘Flexible’ Employment Contracts

Thursday, 13 August, 2020 - 04:45
Cars drive past the Kingdom Centre Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched the platform to document flexible work contracts between employees and employers.

The program aims to create new types of jobs for people seeking employment, and increase their chances of getting flexible jobs to help them integrate into the job market and enhance their skills and expertise to enable them to later become full-time employees.

Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi said that the flexible work program would contribute to boosting the Kingdom’s economy — at the level of enterprises and individuals — to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by increasing the number of local cadres integrated into the job market.

He said that the initiative sought to empower male and female citizens, and to help the private sector boost Saudization.

The program targets Saudis who are seeking jobs and those looking to increase their income. It also targets all activities of the private sector through flexible contracts whereby the worker is paid and hourly wage.

It also supports the private sector in meeting its emergency, temporary and seasonal needs of cadres, with documented contracts that guarantee the rights of both the employer and employee.

All age groups stipulated in the Saudi labor system can benefit from the program, particularly male and female high school students, working mothers, or employees, who want to work on an hourly basis and improve their income, in addition to all private sector companies.

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