Issue 47 - 26 May 1981
OFFICERS AND MEN of the Saudi armed forces are to receive pay increments of between 40% and 80% effective from 5 May. This is the first pay rise since 1977, and represents a major step in the government's aim to attract more personnel to the security services. Officers will be given rises of between 40% and 60% and enlisted men rises of between 60% and 80%. The director-general of planning and budgets in the the Defence Ministry, Lieutenant General Yusuf al-Salloum, said that the increments will cover personnel in the armed forces, the National Guard, the Interior Ministry and the Intelligence Directorate. (The scale of the increases is reflected in the growth of the defence and security allocation under the new budget - see Economy and Trade).

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