Employees in Saudi Arabia

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Working Conditions

Opening Hours
  • Legal Weekly Duration
8 hours a day or 48 hours a week. The number of working hours may be raised to 9 hours a day where the workman does not work continuously, such as seasonal establishments, hotel, snack bars, restaurants, etc.
  • Maximum Duration
In the month of Ramadan actual working hours shall not exceed 6 hours a day or 36 hours a week, exclusive of the intervals reserved for prayer, rest, and meals.
Working Rest Day
Paid Annual Vacation
20 days with full wages payable in advance on completion of 1 year of service. 30 days when the workman completes 5 continuous years.
Retirement Age
60 years for men and 55 years for women.
Child Labor and Minimum Age For Employment

14 years is the minimum age for employment.

18 years for working in a mine or a quarry.

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The Cost of Labor


Minimum Wage
No minimum wage.
Average Wage
Average monthly gross earnings is SAR 2,461 (USD 656).
Other Forms of Pay
  • Pay For Overtime
normal wage + 50%
  • Pay For Rest Days Worked
Double the normal wage

Social Security Costs

The Areas Covered
Employer provided health insurance is mandatory for companies employing 500 or more people. Contribution toward social insurance and vocational risk insurance are also to be paid by the employer.
Contributions Paid By the Employer: 11%
Contributions Paid By the Employee: 9%
Competent Organization
General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI)

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