Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To support and enable job search for Saudi nationals aged 20–34 

References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.
Programme components
Financial support; educational and training offerings; job centres and career services to support job search; access to TAQAT, the official National Labour Gateway (online job placement platform)
References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.
Start date
2009
Conditionalities (if any)
Signing in on the TAQAT online portal periodically; attending online and classroom-based training; attending assigned job interviews; accepting a suitable job offer
References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.
Coverage
1 million people in 2012
References
McDowall, A. 2012. “More than 1 million Saudis on unemployment benefit.” Reuters website. Accessed 28 March 2017. <https://goo.gl/VrQegZ>.
Programme expenditure
Source of funding: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Human Resource Development Fund (Government)

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Saudi citizens (male and female) aged 20–34
References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.
Eligibility criteria
Saudi nationality or having a Saudi mother; residence in Saudi Arabia for at least 10 months, when benefiting from the programme; age restrictions: between 20 and 34 years old; eligibility to work and no current employment; currently not receiving training at an academic or professional institution; not have received a salary above SAR2,000 in the previous 12 months; not being a pension beneficiary; not having obtained a degree/training in the past six months; and having no commercial activities
References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash and in-kind transfers
Amount of benefits
Maximum SAR2,000
References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.
Benefit recipients
Direct beneficiaries (job seekers)
References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Maximum of one year
References
Taqat. n.d. “Hafiz, Searching for Employment.” Taqat National Labour Gateway website. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.taqat.sa/en/web/guest/hafizsearching-for-employment>.