Saudi Arabia – National Regulations in Employment Law


We, the International Labour and Employment Group of Rödl & Partner, are happy to advise you on labour law issues (individual and collective) as well as social security law issues on a global, regional and local level. 
Below you will find basic information on national labour law provisions in Saudi Arabia.

Interview with Tarek Antaki

Are there national and/or local collective agreements in the country that regulate labour relations?


Are there different legal rules by department/canton?


Is there and what is the staff threshold above which the presence of staff representatives is mandatory?


Are trade unions present in the company?


If applicable what is the applicable legal working time? 

48 hours a week (six working days per week) or 8 hours a day; reduced during the month of Ramadan.

Is there a minimum wage set by law/collective agreements (yes/no)? 

Yes. SR 4,000 per month for Saudi-Nationals being employed in the private sector.

What is the number of legal annual paid holidays?

Depends on Islamic holidays (approx. 9 days paid holiday).

Existence of specific classification of employees according to their functions/responsibilities? 


Obligation to set up complementary social insurance schemes (mutual insurance/provident fund/pension)?

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