By Courtney Trenwith
Shoura Council opposes proposal to add one hour to the working day for gov’t employees, despite low productivity
Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council has rejected a proposal to increase working hours at government offices, local media reported.
Two council members had recommended one hour be added to the working day to improve productivity.
However, opponents argued it would require more staff to be hired in some government institutions such as schools and employees would expect a pay increase.
Some members stressed the need to improve the work efficiency of employees rather than increasing work hours, Saudi Gazette reported.
Majority of working Saudis are employed by the government, often on hefty salaries but analysts have suggested the expectation of a government job has cultivated an environment of low productivity and high complacency.
The kingdom has been attempting to encourage more nationals into the private sector, including imposing a Saudisation quota, but lower wages and greater productivity expectations have made it unattractive to many.