Saudi minimum salary rule only for public sector

August 10, 2012

A Saudi royal order for a 3,000 riyal minimum salary is only for the state sector employees, the labour ministry has said.

“The order is not extended to the private sector,” the ministry said in a statement published in the local Arabic daily Al Eqtisadiya.

The ministry said that it had conducted several studies on the possible legal and economic effects of the decision to have a minimum salary.

“We appreciate that introducing a minimum salary in the private sector requires a conscious study, particularly at the present status of the labour market,” the ministry said. “It also requires an in-depth study of the national interests, economic effects, humanitarian requirements and related international laws. It also needs a high level of social consensus to ensure that it is accepted and that its application is supported,” the ministry said.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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