(MENAFN - Arab News) Many firms which have contracts with government departments have halted the transfer of sponsorships of newly hired expat workers as a first step to creating jobs for saudis.
at the same time a number of expats are complaining of difficulty in transferring their sponsorship to their new employers although they have started working in their firms.
on the other hand quite a few firms have also engaged in short-term contracts with government departments but do not want to hire expats for long-term durations. instead they plan to let their new expat workers off when their current contracts expire.
'we need to increase the saudi percentage improve our grade in the nitaqat program. private firms classified in the red zone cannot sign contracts with government agencies especially if there is trouble with the labor office. at the same time most construction companies are keen on being involved in government projects but they must first provide job opportunities to saudis" ali al-matrrok ceo of a private construction firm told arab news.
there are also many small firms that get contracts with government bodies to execute projects but they have limited budgets. so they hire expats temporarily but refuse to transfer their sponsorships.
'private companies must comply with the labor ministry's nationalization laws if they hope to execute government projects" abass rashed hr manager of a private firm told arab news.
'i got a chance to work as a public relations official with a private company which has a contract with a government body.
i have already spent eight months trying to transfer my iqama to my employers but i think they are reluctant to do so" ahmed mahmoud a sudanese resident who lives in jeddah said.
an application for the transfer of sponsorship requires a letter from the new sponsor certified by the ministry of commerce and industry a copy of the iqama (residency permit) and the passport. the expat worker is also required to fill out a form provided by the labor office and make a payment of sr2000 for transferring his sponsorship if it is for the first time.