Revealed: 15 costly construction fines in Saudi

CW has created a list of the 15 most penalised work related violations and financial restitutions

NEWS, Business, Fines, Labour Ministry, Penalties, Safety, Saudi, Visa

Even before the Saudi Binladin crane incident, which killed 108 people and injured several others, Saudi Arabia’s Labour Ministry had announced the implementation of up to 60 work-related regulations and penalities for breaking these laws.

Last October, the ministry revealed regulations, including several for safety, which subject companies to hefty penalities including work stoppage, multiple fines and even jail terms on failure to adhere. 

Below is a list of the 15 most penalised work related violations and financial restitutions...


Violation: Companies counting weekends as part of an employee’s annual leave.

Fine: SAR 100,000


Violation: Visa related breaches such as selling visas to migrants or employing labour without visa.

Fine: SAR 50,000


Violation: Employers registering a Saudi employee as a site labourer without the employee’s knowledge or consent.

Fine: SAR 25,000


Violation: Forcing workers to perform in bad weather and/or lack of employer commitment to occupational health and safety regulations.

Fine: SAR 25,000


Violation: Owners providing the Labour Ministry with incorrect data to falsely obtain services from said ministry.

Fine: SAR 25,000


Violation: Employing non-Saudi workers in occupations restricted to Saudis.

Fine: SAR 20,000


Violation: Companies employing children less than 15 years of age.

Fine: SAR20,000


Violation: Unlicensed recruitment offices illegally hiring labour.

Fine: between SAR10,000 and SAR20,000


Violation: Workers are forced to perform tasks not mentioned in their contracts or made to pay for expenses owed by employers.

Fine: SAR 15,000


Violation: Increasing the number of working hours than stipulated in Article (98) without commissioning overtime.

Fine: SAR 10,000


Violation: Failure to grant employees a day of rest per week without overtime commissioning.

Fine: SAR 10,000


Violation: “Proven” cases of malicious absconding of company or employee records and/or reports.

Fine: SAR 5,000


Violation: Non-disclosure and/or failure to retain employee records and files.

Fine: SAR 5,000


Violation: Lack of a company’s commitment to use the Arabic language at work, including in record keeping and personnel files.

Fine: SAR 5,000


Violation: Non-payment of wages in specific maturity dates or payments made in foreign currency.

Fine: SAR 3,000

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