Saudi Arabia is one of the largest labour markets in the world with 11 million foreign workers from more than 100 countries represented in many sectors and fields of work, according to a senior official.
The secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Adnan bin Abdullah Al-Naim, was addressing Saudi recruiting agents and a 32-member delegation from Colombo at the Council of Saudi Chambers recently.
The Saudi team was headed by chairman of the Saudi Committee for the Labour Market Council of Saudi Chambers Mansour Al-Shathri.
Under Saudi Vision 2030, Al-Naim said that efforts were being aimed at making the labour market more attractive to foreign workers.
Al-Naim said that the ministry has been working in coordination with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other relevant bodies to develop laws that protect the rights of employers and workers and to curtail violations against migrant workers.
He also shared details about the MUSANED scheme where foreign recruitments are processed through an electronic platform providing a variety of services, including e-contracting and e-Visas.
“The program facilitates recruitment procedures and safeguards the rights of concerned parties,” he said.
The undersecretary said that the Saudi labor market is considered the fourth largest in the world, where the number of domestic workers is about 2.3 million workers.
Saudi Arabia is an active member of the ILO, he said, and its systems comply with the provisions of the international organization.
It is a signatory to several conventions on the protection of workers’ rights as well as the prevention of labour violations, breach of contracts, non-payment of salaries and delayed salaries. Arab News