The Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia explains the truth
The Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia explains the truth

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labor has revealed that all employees over the age of 35 are banned from working in the private sector.

In a related context, the spokesman of the Ministry of Labor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Khalid Aba Al-Khail, warned all citizens against the circulation of this news, especially from 35 years who apply for jobs in the private sector.

"There is nothing about preventing applicants for more than 35 years from working in the private sector in Saudi Arabia," Abu Khail said in a tweet on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

On the other hand, Saudi activists circulated on social media about the ban on a large scale, which provoked angry and outrageous reactions, before the ministry clarified the truth of the matter.

On the other hand, activists commented on a tweet from the Ministry of Labor, stressing that the reality of the labor market in Saudi Arabia is completely different, pointing to the chaos and overcrowding of employees, and the work of foreigners in the Saudis.

One tweet said women clashed with harsh conditions in the Saudi labor market, despite the recent opening.

It should be noted that the number of foreign workers in the industrial sector in Saudi Arabia at the end of the first half of 2019, amounted to about 712.9 thousand employees working in about 7.5 thousand licensed factories.

At present, the government has announced a five-year duty on foreign workers in the sector from October 6 to 6.5 billion riyals annually, Al-Iqtisadiah newspaper reported.

Thus, total government support may exceed 34 billion riyals during the grace period, if the growth rate of foreign jobs in the sector at its current levels or an estimated increase of not more than 2% annually.

Foreign workers in the industrial sector constitute about 7.3% of the total foreign labor in Saudi Arabia.

The number of expatriates working in the sector at the end of the same period of 2018 was about 793.8 thousand employees constituting about 10.7%, while they were about 10.5% in 2017 with a total of 879.1 thousand employees.

The government bears the industrial labor fees after these companies faced pressures in growth rates, affected by the global economic conditions, especially the trade war and international protection that affected the volume of demand, as the growth rate of industrial sectors has declined significantly during the past three years.

The industrial sector achieved an annual growth rate in 2018 of 2.1% and about 1.3% for 2017, while the growth rates during 2016 and 2015 were about 3.2% and 6.6% respectively.

Through its Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia aims to expand the sustainable development of the industrial sector and support the national economy.

The volume of investment in the industrial sector is more than one trillion riyals, as the Kingdom seeks to increase investments in the sector, making it the first choice for investors through an attractive and sustainable policy.