Paid Time Off (PTO)
If an employee has completed 1 year of employment, they are entitled to 15 days of paid leave per year. After 10 years of employment, this entitlement is increased to 21 days per year.
The employee is also entitled to 10 days of unpaid leave per year, subject to employer approval.
In Saudi Arabia, (Article 109 of the Labour Law), the annual leave entitlement is dependent on the employee’s seniority.
Employees with more than five years of service are entitled to 30 days of annual leave.
Employees may carry over any untaken leave to the following vacation leave with the employer’s written consent.
There are 3 public holidays.
The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers is dependent on how long they have been employed by their employer:
- Employees are generally allowed up to four months of sick leave, if they provide a medical certificate.
- Sick leave is paid as follows:
First 30 days: 100%
31 to 90 days: 75%
91 days to 120 days: unpaid
Employees are required to provide a medical certificate for all sick days.
Sick leave laws apply to employers with more than 20 employees.
Female employees are generally entitled to 10 weeks of paid maternity leave, up to four weeks may be taken before the birth and at least six of the weeks must be taken after.
The payment of maternity leave is dependent on the employee’s seniority; employers will compensate employees with service of at least one year at 50.00% of the employee’s pay rate. Employees with at least three years of service receive compensation at the rate of 100.00% of the employees’ regular pay.
An employee receiving full maternity leave entitlement may not also take the payment of annual leave in the same year. In contrast, an employee receiving 50.00% of their salary as a maternity benefit may also take an annual leave entitlement of 50.00% in the same year.
Fathers are eligible for three days of paid paternity leave after the child’s birth (Article 113 of the Labour Law).