IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 01 Jan 2018 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

The government of Saudi Arabia from 01 January 2018, for the first time for the fiscal year 2018 will apply a monthly levy of SR 400 (circa USD 106) per expat for business entities that employ a relatively higher number of foreign workers compared to local Saudi workers. Previously, companies of this profile were only obliged to pay SR 200 (circa USD 53) per expat.

Furthermore, companies that employ a higher number of Saudi nationals compared to foreigners will for the first time in 2018, be obliged to pay a monthly levy of SR 300 (circa USD 80) per expat. Previously, companies of this profile were exempt from paying a levy for the expats employed in their organisation. 

The denoted special monthly levy will gradually increase through 2019-2020 via the following timeline schedule :

  • SR 600 (circa USD 160) per expat for a firm that employs more foreigners than Saudis  and SR 500 (circa USD 133) per expat  for a firm that employs  more Saudi nationals compared to foreigners;
  • SR 800 (circa USD 213) per expat for a firm that employs more foreigners than Saudis and SR 700 (circa USD 187) per expat for a firm that employs more Saudi nationals compared to foreigners.

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