Many people do not know that freelancing is legal in Saudi Arabia within the rules of part-time jobs established by the Ministry of Labor. Here are the rules set by the MOL.
9 rules for part-time jobs in Saudi Arabia
- An employee can work for a maximum of 95-hours a month on a part-time job.
- Once a part-time Saudi employee completes 168 hours in a company, he would be counted as 1/3rd of a normal Saudi employee in Nitaqat.
- They will be registered in the GOSI as part-time employees.
- These employees are not entitled to any kind of paid vacation or leave.
- The salary of the employees will be calculated on an hourly basis and paid on a monthly basis.
- The contract with the employee must be attested by the portal established by the Ministry of Labor.
- The part-time employee is allowed to refuse or accept any work offered to him by the employer without any potential legal action.
- In case of any dispute, the case can be registered in the labor courts by any party of the contract.
- Only Saudi nationals are allowed to work on a part-time job in Saudi Arabia. In other words, freelancing is legal in Saudi Arabia but only for Saudis.
It is worth mentioning that as per Article 39 of Saudi Labor Law, an expatriate employee is not allowed to work for anyone other than his Kafeel or sponsor.
Source: Saudi Gazette