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Saudi Arabia: Contracts of employment

Original and updating authors: Hesham Al Homoud, Al Tamimi & Company; and Alanoud Alsaeed
Updating author: Zahir Qayum, Al Tamimi & Company

Summary

  • Employers must issue employment contracts in writing to employees. (See General)
  • Probationary periods are permitted. (See Probationary periods)
  • Legislation provides that employment contracts may be either for a fixed term or open ended. (See Types of contract)
  • Employment contracts must contain certain specified terms. (See Written contract of employment)
  • The basic rule is that the parties to the employment contract must agree to any variation of the contract's terms in writing. (See Variation of contract)