Labour committee calls for minimum wage in Saudi Arabia

Chairman of Federation of Labour Committees calls for implementation of plan first proposed in 2013

Saudi Shoura Council. (Getty Images)

Saudi Shoura Council. (Getty Images)

An influential Saudi organisation has called for the implementation of a minimum wage for nationals working in the private sector.

Nidal Ridwan, chairman of the Federation of Labour Committees, told the Saudi Gazette that the move was “essential to attract Saudis to the private sector as well as to protect their rights with employers who intent to recruit cheap labour”.

“[A] good salary will definitely attract a large number of young Saudis to the private sector but it will not ensure continuity and job stability,” he explained.

The Ministry of Labour has long been considering a minimum wage for both Saudis and expatriates working in the private sector.

Under proposals first reported three years ago, the minimum salary for Saudis would be SAR5,300 ($1,414), while for expats it would be SAR2,500.

A recent study, conducted by the World Bank and the Ministry of National Economy and Planning, showed that salaries of Saudis working in the private sector were less than the nationals of other GCC countries.

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