People all over the world face issues in their workplace out of which the most common one is delayed salaries. After working hard for countless hours and days, employees expect their salaries to be granted on time however that is not the case in Saudi Arabia (in some companies). Expatriates working in Saudi Arabia mostly experience this problem a lot and the most terrible part is they do not know how to react to this. Most expatriates in this country are not fully aware of their rights. Read on below to find out what should be done and how this issue should be tackled!
Employment Contract: A written agreement is always vital after getting a confirmation for your job. Make sure you have a copy of that agreement which clearly states the kind of work that you will be asked to do, the positing you will be given and the salary you will be granted. Make sure there are two sets of the employment agreement, one for the employee and one for the employer. Read the agreement thoroughly and make sure it includes the worker name, the employer name, the nationality, the location, the date of employment and the duration, if there is any. The agreement should also clearly state how many paid and non-paid leaves will be granted to the employee.
Sponsor: It is a right of each and every employee working in Saudi Arabia to receive salary within 10 days of the end of the month. If this is not done, without any valid reason, the employee has all the rights to find out the cause behind the delayed salary and ask their employer for it as it is their right. Saudi government has been taking active action to protect the rights of expatriates working in Saudi Arabia. Government has launched Wage Protection System (WPS) according to which the payroll of all employees is to be processed through bank. In this way, government can track the payment of salaries to the employees.
Minimum Wage Protection: Saudi Arabia is finally going to launch a proper minimum wage protection program for the betterment of the employees. The first reason will be to avoid employee exploitation. Most businesses tend to employee expatriates and pay them below the minimum wage and in return make them work day and night. An easy example of this could be the low level employees, construction labor. Labor employed for constructions are not aware of these rights and agree to work in whatever salary is being offered to them. Minimum wage protection program aims to protect such workers. Secondly, through this program, all businesses will be put on high penalty if they grant salaries late to their employees or those who do not pay on time AT ALL.
The minimum wage protection program aims to make this process permanent in all of the businesses and companies. The Ministry of Labor will then keep a check that all salaries are granted to the employees on the given date and that too, through a bank payment so that no confusion or trouble is caused for both the parties. Till this program finally comes into action, if anyone is going through such terrible salary problems, please contact the Ministry of Labor immediately!