The Saudi government paid a total of SAR314.2 billion in salaries, allowances and wages for public sector servants in 2014, according to data compiled and analysed by Al Eqtisadiah.
The figure indicates a rise of four per cent or SAR11.3bn, when compared with the SAR302.9bn paid in 2013, the data shows.
The salaries, allowances and wages of the kingdom’s public sector comprised 37 per cent of the state budget in 2014, which was estimated at SAR855bn.
The figure also comprises roughly 29 per cent of the state’s 2014 actual spending, which stood at SAR1.1 trillion, the data reveals. Allowances accounted for 24 per cent or SAR75bn in 2014.
The number of the state’s employees reached 1.24 million in 2014.
According to the analysis, the total value of funds that the state paid in salaries, allowances and wages amounted to SAR1.35trn in the past five years (2010-2014).
In 2010, the state’s spending on salaries, allowances and wages amounted to SAR223.9bn, before it surged by six per cent in 2011, by 13 per cent in 2012 and 2013, and by four per cent in 2014.
(SAR1 = AED0.97, at the time of publishing)