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Saudi Arabia: Recruitment and selection

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


  • There is no legislation specifically prohibiting discrimination in recruitment and selection, and discrimination is in fact required in favour of citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (See Discrimination)
  • Employers are required by law to notify the public employment office of all job vacancies. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • Other than some requirements for foreign nationals, there is no general statutory framework governing the practice of recruitment and selection of job applicants in the private sector. (See General)
  • There are various rules relating to the employment of children and minors. (See Young people and children)
  • Foreign nationals are required to have a valid residency visa and work permit for employment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (See Foreign nationals)
  • Non-citizens may be employed only where suitably qualified Kingdom of Saudi Arabia citizens are not available. (See Priority for employment)
  • Women may work only in jobs "suitable to their nature" and in cases where work does not interfere with their household and marital duties. (See Employment of women)
  • All employers with at least 25 employees must, if the nature of the work allows, ensure that at least 4% of their employees are people with disabilities. (See Employment quota for people with disabilities)