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Saudi's Shoura Council calls for freeze on expat fees for 2020

Shoura Council study to be carried out with a view to keeping charges at 2019 levels

Saudi's Shoura Council calls for freeze on expat fees for 2020
At a Shoura Council meeting on Wednesday the call was made to keep the fees at the same level as what is charged for the current year.

The Shoura Council in Saudi Arabia has requested a freeze on the expatriate fee on companies and dependents fee on expatriates for 2020.

At a meeting on Wednesday the call was made to keep the fees at the same level as what is charged for the current year.

In 2017, the government in Riyadh introduced a monthly fee on dependants of expatriates starting at SR100 ($27). This is due to rise to SR400 ($107) by next year.

While the expatriate fee on companies, which was designed to increase the number of Saudi nationals in the workplace, currently stands at around SR400 per worker, rising to SR800 ($214) by the end of this year.

According to The General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) labour market release for Q2, the total number of expats in the Saudi labour market declined by around 1.9 million since the start of 2017, with around 132,000 workers leaving the market during Q2.