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Saudi: Calls for expat fee to be made proportionate to income

A member of the Shoura Council demanded that the expatriate’s fee should be proportionate to what he receives as income in a month. Attending the council session, he said that the expat fee has become an obstacle for the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Al-Qahtani underlined the need to review the fee for expatriate workers in SMEs in a way reducing SME’s operational costs and ensuring their growth and sustainability.

He noted that SMEs are struggling for survival due to the imposition of heavy burden of financial liabilities, including the expat fee, coupled with administrative challenges.

The Economic and Energy Committee at the Shoura Council had called on the competent authorities earlier to work on developing an effective methodology to calculate the cost of fee for expatriate workers in SMEs.

Raeda Abunayan, another member, suggested that the government fee recovery initiative should cover all small and micro enterprises for a period of five years until they overcome the effects of coronavirus pandemic.


Saudi Gazette

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