By Staff writer
Government also sets cap for financial rewards as part of austerity measures
The Ministry of Civil Service in Saudi Arabia has introduced new conditions for payment of bonuses and other incentives to government employees, according to local media.
The ministry issued a circular this week to government departments advising them of the new rules intended to support national austerity measures, Saudi Gazette reported.
Prerequisites for employees being awarded a bonus include warning their department about potential dangers, problems or erroneous implementation of policy; proactively proposing new developments and recommendations; being flexible and willing to work long hours, and contributing to the department’s objectives and the government’s Vision 2030.
The circular also stipulated that the size of bonuses should not exceed 35 percent of the department’s budget allocated for recruiting new workers, while individual bonuses should not exceed 75 percent of an employee’s monthly salary.
Bonus payments will be determined on the basis of an employee’s performance over past two years, the newspaper said. And an employee should not be awarded more than six bonuses in a year.