15% infection allowance for workers of Holy Mosques
Government employees working at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will receive a 10 to 15 percent pay hike in light of the fact that they are exposed to various contagious diseases spread by pilgrims who come from different parts of the world.
Civil Service Minister Abdul Rahman Al-Barrak has approved the pay hike.
Employees working at gates and courtyards at the Two holy mosques will get the highest salary increase of 15 percent, while administrative workers at the two mosques will get a hike of 10 percent, said one source, adding that the special monthly allowance would be not less than SR750.
“This is a form of compensation for being exposed to contagious diseases,” the source said, adding that the pay hike for different categories of workers would be determined in coordination with the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.
The distribution of the pay hike will also take into consideration the terms and conditions stipulated in Article 52 of the Financial Rights and Benefits Law.
Al-Barrak had set up a committee to study the proposal made by the presidency on providing a special allowance to its workers. The committee, comprising representatives from the Civil Service and Finance Ministries, has approved the proposal, the source said.