MIDDLE EAST

[Qatar] Grace period for expats to correct legal status has begun [Qatar] Grace period for expats to correct legal status has begun

Those who apply could benefit from an exemption or a reduction to the reconciliation amount in line with the provisions...
11 Oct 2021

[Saudi Arabia] SR50,000 fine and jail time for employers engaging self-employed expats [Saudi Arabia] SR50,000 fine and jail time for employers engaging self-employed expats

In all cases, the fine will be multiplied by the number of workers the employer allowed to engage in jobs...
05 Oct 2021

[Oman] Labour reforms will positively impact the economy [Oman] Labour reforms will positively impact the economy

According to the IMF, labour market reforms play an important part in increasing competitiveness and fostering the creation of private-sector...
28 Sep 2021

[Israel] Minimum wage earners lose $857 per month [Israel] Minimum wage earners lose $857 per month

Israel’s minimum wage is NIS 5,300 per month - or about NIS 29 per hour - a sum last updated in December...
20 Sep 2021

[UAE] Reassurance for expats as Emirati employment support programme announced [UAE] Reassurance for expats as Emirati employment support programme announced

It follows the creation of the Emirati Human Resources Development Council earlier this year and will see Emiratisation targets for...
17 Sep 2021

[Kuwait] Expat population dropped by 56,000 in first half of 2021 [Kuwait] Expat population dropped by 56,000 in first half of 2021

The number of Kuwaitis in the country increased by 13,300 during the first half of the year.
15 Sep 2021

[Saudi Arabia] Nearly 52,000 expat workers benefit from Labour Reform Initiative [Saudi Arabia] Nearly 52,000 expat workers benefit from Labour Reform Initiative

In the first half of 2021, the ministry took many positive steps related to its work strategy and the Kingdom's...
10 Sep 2021