The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has resumed the Saturday holiday for bank employees across the country, however, office hours will be extended during the five-day workweek to accommodate the increased workload.
In recent action, the central bank published a notification addressing the resumption of the Saturday holiday, and some bank branches would be open on Saturdays to provide public convenience.
The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with a break for namaz and lunch from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
The timing on Friday will be 9:00 am to 6:00 pm as 1:00 pm to 2:30 will be given for Friday prayers and lunch break.
It should be recalled that during Ramazan, bank employees demonstrated outside the SBP building in support of the reintroduction of the five-day workweek.
Earlier in the day, the federal government opted not to reinstate the Saturday vacation, nevertheless, as a result of a subsequent notification, the office hours have been shortened.
The federal administration has decided that the Saturday holiday in public offices will not be reinstated, despite the protests of government employees.
Following the agreement of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Establishment Division issued a notification addressing the shortening of office hours in the country.
According to the revised announcement, government offices will henceforth be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday.
Previously, the office hours were set at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shehbaz Sharif, after taking office as prime minister, ordered the suspension of the Saturday holiday in order to implement a 6-day workweek.