Saudi Arabia

King Salman Restores Annual Bonus for Government Staff

According to the Minister of Civil Service Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, Annual bonuses and allowances for government staffs and military personnel in Saudi Arabia will start with the new fiscal year on January 1, 2019.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered the resumption of annual allowance payments to all state employees from the start of 2019, Al-Hamdan told Al Arabiya TV on Monday.

Bonuses are added annually to the salaries of public personnel based on their degrees until they retire. They vary between SR135 for employees in the first grade to SR865 to those who are in the 15th grade.

In 2016, the bonuses were cut under austerity measures in a bid to overhaul the public sector and bolster economic growth. Ministers’ salaries were cut by 20 per cent.

In April last year, the bonuses and allowances were restored as the economic situation improved.

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