12 August 2018: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has denied reports regarding a change in the expat levy policy.
The Ministry was responding to information going around in the social media about a plan to keep the levy at the current rate and that a petition in this effect has been submitted to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
From January this year, the government started collecting SR400 per month per expat worker for companies where expats outnumber Saudis and SR300 per month per expat worker for companies where expats and Saudis are in equal number.
This levy will increase to SR600 in 2019 and SR800 in 2020 for companies where expats outnumber Saudis.
But for companies where expats and Saudis are in equal number, the levy will increase to SR500 in 2019 and SR700 in 2020.
On Wednesday, the Labor Minister met with the chairman and members of the National Committee of Contractors in the Council of Saudi Chambers, where the meeting discussed work conditions and support to the institutions supporting the nationalization of job programs.