This is a preview. Log in to read the full article. Don't have a log-in?

Learn More Request a Demo

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


  • 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 (preferably in writing), unless the contract provides otherwise. (See Variation of contract)