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Leave and Holidays as per Saudi Labor Law

Leave As per Saudi Labor Law

Annual Leave 

As per Saudi labor law, an expat worker is eligible to get an annual leave of 21 days if the worker has completed one year of service and will be eligible to get 30 days annual leave after 5 years of continuous service with the same employer.

Medical leave

In the case of medical leave, the first 30 days of sick leave with full wage, the next 60 days with 3/4th of wage, and without pay for the following 30 days in a single year.

Paternity Leave 

3 days leave on the birth child.

Maternity Leave

10 weeks – four weeks before the expected date of delivery and six weeks after delivery, extendable by one month without pay. Leave salary admissible is half the salary if served with the employer for one year, and full salary if the service is for three years or more.

Other types of Leaves

Death of spouse or children

In this case, 5 days of leave will be allowed. A female employee, in the event of the death of her husband, is entitled to 15-130 days’ leave depending on her religion.

Hajj Leave

For the Hajj pilgrimage, a paid leave of 10-15 days will be allowed for an employee once during his service who has previously not performed Hajj, after completing two years of service.

Public Holidays

Saudi National Day, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are fully paid holidays and if the workers are required to work, they are entitled to overtime.

Cost of air ticket

Employers have to bear the airfare of workers from their home country to Saudi Arabia to join work and for their return after the completion of the contract period. However, the cost of the air ticket must be borne by the worker if his contract is terminated during the probation period, he fails a medical test or terminates his employment for his own fault.


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