Last update 21 / 11 / 2018
Included the whole salary “basic, allowances, bonuses, overtimes, and other compensations”
GASTAT: Saudi Workers Monthly Average Wage in Four Sectors: 10.238 SAR
The General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) spokesman, Taiseer Almofarrej said that according to the labor market bulletin of the second quarter, 2018, the average monthly wage of Saudi workers who get paid for their work in four sectors; public sector, private sector, non-profit organizations, international and regional agencies, and other sectors reached (10.238) SAR. Regarding the calculation method of this average, Almofarrej stated that it was measured based on estimating the average wages of all Saudis (males and females) in the above mentioned four sectors either inside Saudi Arabia or outside it, in addition to the wages of workers in other sectors which were taken from the field survey that GASTAT conducts quarterly by asking households about their monthly wages.
Almofarrej indicated that the wages about which households are asked differ from the wages registered in the administrative records of the different sectors, where the head of the household disclose the monthly wage for any work which may not include a job salary or any related allowances or bonuses. However, Almofarrej said that the average wages of Saudis (males and females) who work in these sectors registered (11.198 SAR) in the public sector, (7.339 SAR) in the private sector, (4.750 SAR) at non- profit organizations, and (16.257 SAR) in the other international and regional agencies and sectors.
As for the difference between the statistics issued by GASTAT and the ones issued by other entities such as GOSI, Almofarrej illustrated that the statistics issued by GOSI represent the basic salary average registered by the employer. They do not include any additions such as allowances, compensations, or bonuses. Therefore, it is normal to have an average that is less than the average derived from the answers of households’ heads in the field survey based on which GASTAT issue its statistics.
Regarding the reasons why the Bulletin of the labor market revealed statistics that were not shown in previous years, Taiseer Almofarrej confirmed that what was issued earlier is the results of the Labor Force Survey, this is the results of the fieldwork that GASTAT conducts every quarter. Since the results of the fourth quarter of 2016, GASTAT has begun to issue a more comprehensive release under the name "Bulletin of the labor market." What distinguishes the bulletin is that it is an integrated work between government institutions (the General Authority for Statistics, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Ministry of Civil Service, in addition to the National Information Center (NIC), the results of the field survey and the registered data provide a panoramic and comprehensive picture of the labor market. As a result of this statistical integration, the Bulletin contains a large number of detailed data on employees according to the rules and regulations to which they are subject, Gender, age, administrative region, and educational level. It also includes data of jobseekers, average monthly wages, working hours, and domestic workers. The aim is to support policy and decision makers.