No gender discrimination in private sector salaries, HR Ministry

No gender discrimination in private sector salaries, HR Ministry

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development emphasized that it will ensure that there is no gender discrimination in terms of pay scales of male and female employees working in the private sector.

This is among a series of decisions announced by the ministry on Monday; with regard to unifying the work environment in the private sector. This is also to keep pace with developments in the Saudi job market.

“Employer, in the private sector, can’t discriminate between workers; on the basis of gender, age, or disability with regard to working conditions while hiring them.

The employer can’t exercise any sort of pressure on the freedom of the worker; including instructions for wearing an appropriate dress. Also forcing him or her to perform tasks not agreed upon in the contract,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also affirmed that the employer has no right to exploit his workers. This is to carry out tasks or go out with an appearance that provokes public opinion. “Every employer must announce the uniform of his workers; in a manner that does not contradict the provisions of the Islamic Shariah.

Employer cannot impose behavior; or conduct on a worker that does not comply with public decorum,” the ministry statement also added.