Hourly wage of 25 riyals proposed in Saudi Arabia

Several recruitment companies set to begin operations over the coming months suggested an hourly rate of 25 Saudi riyals as a suitable wage for workers. (File photo: Reuters)

A number of recruitment companies that will start operating in the next few months have suggested an hourly rate of SR25 as a suitable wage for workers, Makkah daily reported.

The companies agreed on this wage after conducting several studies on the most reasonable hourly fee for laborers.

Abdullah Redwan, chairman of the contractors’ committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the hourly wage was set based on market forces.

He said: “The early wage put forth before the crackdown campaign on residency violators started ranged from SR7 to SR10. “It was raised to SR25 when the amnesty period ended.”

This wage will be applied to laborers, especially those in construction sector.

Wages will vary in other fields such as marketing, Redwan said. A source told Makkah daily that hourly wages would only apply to jobs held by men.

Abdulaziz Al-Harthy, economist, expected positive changes in the market after the recruitment companies start operating.

The companies will account for the shortage of workers that is likely to occur when all residency violators are driven out of the country, he said.

All 13 recruitment companies will have programs that allow interested companies to rent workers by the hour or month on the basis of employment contracts.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42