Saudi cuts public sector bonuses, ministers’ salaries

A royal decree read on the channel following the broadcast announced a cut to ministers’ salaries by 20 percent and to members of the appointed Shoura Council by 15 percent (File Photo: Shutterstock)

Saudi Arabia’s government has decided to curb to some financial perks for public sector employees, according to a live broadcast of the cabinet’s weekly meeting.

“The cabinet has decided to stop and cancel some bonuses and financial benefits,” read a line of text on Ekhbariya TV, as a minister read to assembled ministers and royals, including King Salman, a list of cuts to be made in various grades in the civil service.

A royal decree read on the channel following the broadcast announced a cut to ministers’ salaries by 20 percent and to members of the appointed Shoura Council by 15 percent.

The decision comes as low oil prices have pushed energy-rich Gulf Arab states to rein in lavish public spending.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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