The Saudi Ministry of Labor has recently issued warnings about the unjust use of Saudi names by companies there. This warning is targeted at firms who try to undermine employment quotas by registering the names of Saudi nationals as employees, regardless of whether the person currently works at the company or not. Furthermore, this is often done without the knowledge of the named individual. Companies in the kingdom are required to employ a set percentage of Saudi nationals, and must meet these quotas before new work visas will be approved for foreign nationals.
The quota, which varies between sectors, affects from five to twenty percent of a company’s workforce. Some companies have tampered with numbers by falsifying paperwork or misrepresenting the categorization of temporary Saudi hires.
The Ministry of Labor and the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) are considering raising fines and banning foreign recruitment permanently for companies found with fake Saudi employees on their books. In order to protect Saudis from name exploitation, the ministry intends to provide a website where Saudis will be able to check their employment status.
The GOSI is responsible for identifying cases where Saudi`s names have been illegally used by private companies. "It is considered forgery punishable by the law to provide any false information to obtain certification of meeting the quota set for the employment of Saudi nationals," said Omar Al-Khouli, a law professor at King Abdulaziz University and consultant to the Human Rights Commission.