Advantages of the Program?
The program seeks to grant any office or company 10 points in the Classification of Engineering Offices System applied by the Council of Engineers in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs..
The program grants a free copy of original engineering software comprising more than 20 programs when employing each Saudi engineer (the price of these programs is about 35 thousand Saudi Riyals)..
The Council bears the professional insurance expenses of the employed engineer, in addition to providing free engineering courses for engineers who have been employed. .
The Council publishes a list of engineering companies and offices that will assist in the employment of Saudi engineers on the website of the Council, conferences and the Engineer's Magazine (the cost of a page in the Engineer's Magazine is SAR 20,000)..
The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) supports the recruitment of Saudi engineers eligible for support according to the categories of NITAQAT, and at a minimum of SAR 2,000 per month. This amount increases as per the engineering office and company's category under NITAQAT according to the mechanism of additional support for wages. For example, Platinum category of NITAQAT provides SAR 4,000 for four years, decreasing annually by one thousand Saudi Riyals. Most engineering offices and companies, however, fall in the middle of the Green category of NITAQAT (i.e. receive SAR 3,000 for each engineer)..
The HRDF assigns one of the specialists to provide technical support for offices and companies wishing to employ Saudi engineers according to the approved support mechanisms in order to complete the support procedures easily.
The Council directs the job-seeking engineers to subscribe to the National Labor Gateway (TAQAT), in which all the employment applications are submitted. It can also be searched for national personnel. This portal is a platform for offices and companies to present the jobs that require the issuance of visas. Such visa will not be issued unless after 45 days of searching for a Saudi engineer within TAQAT platform, otherwise they will be moved to the recruitment procedures (if the employer could not find the appropriate engineer). .
To issue an undertaking to the acknowledgement of any sector that wishes to recruit a foreign engineer that it will abide by the decision of not recruiting an engineer of experience less than five years through the portal of the Ministry of Labor. In case of violation, the recruited engineer will not obtain the accreditation of the Council hence Iqama. .
The Council encourages the engineers to benefit from Tamheer Program designed for university graduates provided by the HRDF in which the engineering company or office will train the engineer interns (at no cost incurred by the office) for six months, during which the engineer will gain practical experience and receive a monthly salary of SAR 3,000 from the HRDF as well as workplace risk insurance coverage. After the six months period, the company or office has the option of hiring the engineer or he/she may join another agency after gaining practical experience..