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Most of us sign an employment contract at the time of joining an employer in Saudi Arabia which is written either in Arabic, English, or both languages. What is its legal standing? Is there a particular format to follow?
Employment contract in Arabic and English
It is one of the rights of employees in Saudi Arabia to ask for an employment contract.
Contract in Arabic: In case an employment contract is written and signed only in the Arabic language, it will be fully applicable in the court of law even if an expatriate does not understand it.
Contract in English: Similarly, if an employment contract is written and signed only in the English language, it will be applicable to both parties.
Bi-Lingual contracts: In case an employment contract is written in both Arabic and English and there is a conflict between the two languages, the Arabic language contract will prevail.
Keep in mind that the Arabic version of the contract will prevail even if you have signed below the English version.
Article 9 of the Saudi Labor Law
Article 9 of the Saudi Labor Law states that Arabic is the official language for records, files, employment contracts, and any other documents provided for in this law.
If the employer uses a foreign language along with Arabic in an employment contract, the Arabic version will prevail.
How to avoid such a situation?
- You should always ask for an English language contract to sign.
- If the contract is in two languages, let a trustworthy person translate the Arabic version for you in English.
Saudi employment contract format
We have given a format of a Saudi employment contract in both Arabic and English languages. You can download the format and compare it with the contract awarded by your employer.
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