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Saudi labour ministry clarifies minimum wage

The Saudi labour ministry has said the royal decree that fixed minimum monthly salaries for Saudis at SR3,000 applies only to government departments and to private companies and institutions, Arab News has reported. However, the ministry pointed out that fixing a minimum wage for Saudis in the private sector would require more studies, considering higher national interests and economic impact. "It requires the society's support to make it acceptable while implementing the system," the ministry said.