Nitaqat is an initiative by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) and works towards the nationalization of the Saudi workforce. The MLSD has laid out a minimum percentage of Saudi nationals that must be employed by companies of different sizes and introduces a color-coded classification system to categorize different companies depending on their level of Saudization. This article highlights the main consequences of doing business under a specific categorization. As of November 2019, there are five different Nitaqat categories granting different rights to the relevant entity, the categories are red, lower green, middle green, higher green, and platinum.
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 The yellow category has been removed by the Council of Ministers Decision No.63717 on 29/03/1441H corresponding to 27/11/2019G. Entities formerly classified as the yellow move to the red category.