Campaign promotes employment of Saudis in the private sector

The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) has relaunched its “Hadaf Supports You” campaign to encourage Saudis employment in the private sector. (SPA/File Photo)
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Updated 14 January 2020

Campaign promotes employment of Saudis in the private sector

  • The campaign aims to spread awareness about the Hadaf program titled “Employment Subsidy Program for Upskilling”
  • An additional percentage will be added for employing females or persons with disabilities

JEDDAH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) has relaunched its “Hadaf Supports You” campaign to encourage Saudis employment in the private sector.

The campaign aims to spread awareness about the Hadaf program titled “Employment Subsidy Program for Upskilling,” one of several initiatives to motivate the hiring of nationals and increase their participation in the labor market. The program began in 2019 and has continued this year with some amendments.

These include increasing the maximum monthly wage of the supported individual from SR10,000 ($2660) to SR15,000. The minimum supported wage remains at SR4,000.

Hadaf will provide establishments with financial support for employees’ wages for 36 months, at the rate of 30 percent of the monthly salary for the first year of support, 20 percent for the second year, and 10 percent for the third year.

An additional percentage will be added for employing females or persons with disabilities, as well as when hiring Saudis in small cities and villages and where the size of the facility is 50 employees or less.

The fund said that those amendments came after listening to suggestions from business owners and beneficiaries of the program and holding a number of workshops with the different sectors in the labor market and chambers of commerce in various regions of the country.

The program also works on improving the skills and capacities of Saudis who are seeking jobs, helping them to take advantage of the right opportunities through its training support programs provided via its platform or in collaboration with the employers and training bodies.

Training is offered online, on-the-job, and in classrooms. It includes general topics such as work ethics, teamwork skills, communication, and problem-solving skills, which are delivered as e-courses online for the first six months of employment. Moreover, employees will receive apprenticeship programs to acquire technical and vocational skills and real-time training to learn about their new work environment and values.

It serves as a link between employers and job seekers. The Hadaf stated that private sector establishments can join the employment support program by registering with the National Labor Platform (TAQAT), through which they can make their vacancy announcements.

Haya Sawan, the co-founder of She Fit Gym and Black Cardamom restaurant in Jeddah said that such an initiative would help establishments find more Saudis to join their establishments. However, she said the main problem is not finding a Saudi employee; instead, it is finding the best fit for the vacancy.

“The problem is where to find someone who is qualified and with the right experience,” she said.

“Such a service where one can find the person with the necessary experience for the job will be very useful.”

Through this initiative, Hadaf hopes to encourage private sector enterprises to offer quality employment and investment in human capital. This is in line with its objective to prepare Saudi talents for joining the labor market and participating in national development, and thus to reduce the youth unemployment rate.

The Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning expects the unemployment rate among Saudis to fall to 10.6 percent in 2020, down from 12 percent in 2019.


Saudi forces intercept ballistic missiles over Riyadh and Jazan

Updated 29 March 2020

Saudi forces intercept ballistic missiles over Riyadh and Jazan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down ballistic missiles toward Riyadh and the southern city of Jazan late on Saturday.

Col. Turki al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition helping Yemen's legitimate government, said the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed at 11:23 p.m. on Saturday two ballistic missiles over Riyadh.

At least one missile has also been intercepted over the southern city of Jazan, according to Al Arabiya sources.

Al-Maliki said the missiles were fired by the "Houthi terrorist militia" from Sanaa and Saada in Yemen toward civilian objects and civilians in the Kingdom.

Lt. Col. Mohammed Al Hammadi, media spokesperson for the Civil Defense in the Riyadh region, said two civilians from separate neighborhoods in the capital were injured by falling debris from the intercepted missiles as they exploded in mid-air.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi terrorists have previously targeted Riyadh and other Saudi cities with missiles, rockets and drones.

Three explosions were heard in the curfew-locked capital before midnight amid efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic, residents said on social media.

It was the first major assault on Saudi Arabia since the Houthis offered last September to halt attacks on the Kingdom after devastating twin strikes on Saudi oil installations.