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Grand Mosque workers set to get 'danger pay'

Employees will receive a 10-15% pay hike as compensation for potentially being exposed to diseases carried by millions of pilgrims

Grand Mosque workers set to get 'danger pay'

Employees at the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia will receive a 10-15 percent pay increase as compensation for potentially being exposed to various diseases carried by millions of pilgrims.

Those working at entry points and in the mosques’ courtyards would receive the highest benefits, while administrative workers would receive a 10 percent subsidy, Arab News reported, citing Civil Service Minister Abdul Rahman Al Barrak.

“This is a form of compensation for being exposed to contagious diseases,” a source said.

Six million Muslims are expected to visit Islam’s two holiest sites during the Umrah season, which finished earlier this month, and Haj.

The recent outbreaks of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which started in the kingdom, and Ebola have heightened fears of deadly viruses spreading at the congregations.

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