Minimum Wage for Saudis in Private Sector

The Labor Ministry said yesterday that it would implement the new minimum salary system on Feb. 2 in order encourage private firms to increase salaries for Saudi workers.

Under the new system a Saudi worker should be paid a salary of not less than SR3,000 to consider him/her as a full Saudi worker in the Nitaqat Saudization program.

Saudis receiving SR 1,500 are viewed as “half workers” while those receiving less than that amount are not included at all when calculating their firms’ Saudization percentage.