Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development is planning to allow Saudis in the private sector to work on an hourly basis and be paid weekly, according to media reports.
The new system will allow flexible work contracts based on employer needs. The system is expected to enhance the employment of Saudis in several sectors, particularly those that do not wish to commit to full-time work, reports said.
As per the system, employers do not need to provide paid leave, register the employee with the General Organization for Social Insurance, provide them with medical insurance or pay after-service benefits.
However, employers would be required to ensure job security and vocational health for workers.
The ministry said 374,769 private sector jobs would be turned into remote working opportunities.
This would represent 3.5% of all job openings in the country.
Part-time remote workers would be considered half an employee under the Nitaqat system, which limits the granting of work visas based on the number of Saudis employed.
Disabled remote workers would count as one Saudi employee under the system.
Saudi Arabia has been trying to increase the percentage of women in its workforce through a remote employment and work-from-home program.
The program is expected to create 141,000 jobs opportunities and increase female representation in the workforce to 28% by 2020.
Around 4,500 women have already enrolled in the program through five centers in Jazan, Qassim, Hail, Madinah, and Ahsa, according to a Ministry of Labour and Social Development official.
The program is created with the hope of meeting women’s needs for flexible employment options, the official said.
The initiative is part of the country’s National Transformation Plan 2020 and is intended to help diversify the economy.
Women constituted 80.6% of registered job seekers in Saudi Arabia, according to a recent report by General Authority for Statistics.