What is probationary period?
A probationary period is a “trial period” for new employees. It is a time when new workers are evaluated before they’re allowed to continue working permanently. The probationary period is designed to test the applicant’s performance and suitability for employment. It ensures that applicants are adequately qualified, but it also protects employers from hiring people who might be unqualified or unsuitable for the position. In most cases, employees in a probationary period will receive lower salaries than permanent employees until they’re fully accepted into their positions as part of an ongoing workforce at the company.
Probationary Period in Saudi Arabia
The following is the Saudi labour law on the probationary period:
(1) The probationary period must be clearly stated in the work contract and should not exceed 90 days. The probation may extend up to 180 days if both parties agree, but this will require written consent from the worker.
(2) A worker cannot be placed on probation more than once by the same employer.
(3) The worker can be subjected to another probationary period on the condition that:
- This period involves another profession.
- Or another work.
- A period of at least six months has elapsed since the termination of the worker’s employment with the employer.
(4) If the contract is terminated during the probation period, both parties will be ineligible for compensation, and the worker will not receive an end-of-service award.
(5) The probation period does not include Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha holidays or sick leaves.