Ayman Hariri and his colleagues at Saudi Oger have had to weather a tough 12 months in the kingdom’s contracting market. In March 2016, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour suspended several services offered to the contractor, with an emphasis on social security provided by the Directorate General of Passports. Sources told al Okaz that the ministry had taken a number of restrictive actions against Saudi Oger following the company’s failure to pay its employees. Indeed, reports emerged that the salaries of certain members of the contractor’s workforce had been delayed by up to four months. However, days after the news stories surfaced, Saudi Oger took action, formulating a recovery plan to recommence wage payments. A company executive said that – like numerous outfits in the kingdom – Saudi Oger had been affected by the challenging economic climate.