(MENAFN - Arab News) Private sector employees have hailed Shoura Council's decision on Tuesday to reduce working hours from 45 to 40 per week with a two-day weekend.
"I would be very happy if my company implements this rule," said Fahd Aziz, a management professional in the private sector. He currently gets only a day off during the week and is expected to work up to 10 hours a day.
He said the decision to reduce the working hours sounds great but is concerned that employers may not agree to it.
"The decision to shorten the working hours and have a two-day weekend is being made to attract more Saudis, especially women, to join the private sector," said Dr. Amal Sheera, human resources director at Schindler and deputy chairperson of the Human Resources Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). "However, some companies in the private sector are already following the rule regardless of the Shoura ouncil's decision," she said.
Sheera believes it is up to the companies in the private sector to decide if they wish to follow the rule or not.
"The Shoura Council can impose it on the public sector but not on private companies," she said.
"It's going to be just an added value to the company if they approve it," said Sheera. "I think it was a waste of time for the Shoura Council to discuss such an issue because it is not up to them to force such a decision on the companies in the private sector."
"Granting a two-day weekend and reducing the working hours will be of major benefit to the private sector employees," said Masnad Sheikh, a private sector employee.
"I think companies in the private sector feel deprived because of the one-day weekend and employees also want to switch their jobs to those companies which offer two-day weekends. This will definitely increase the productivity and motivation in employees."