Are you an expatriate or Saudi resident living and working in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia? If yes, then it is significant that you know about the exact hours you need to work for as per the Saudi law. To get aware of this important detail, continue reading our comprehensive article regarding working hours in Saudi Arabia.
What are the official Working Hours in Saudi Arabia?
The Labor Law states that every worker has to work for 8-hours daily and a total of 48–hours per week. Meanwhile, for people with irregular or freelance projects, the working hours should not be more than ten per day.
As in the case of security guards and school, office janitors, the working hours should be less than 12-per day. All types of workers should have a mandatory 30-minute break during their work day daily. And should not work consistently for five hours or more.
What are the official Working Hours in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan?
During the holy month of Ramadan, working hour of every Muslim are reduced to a certain extend. The daily 8-hour working time is reduced to 6-hours and weekly working hour is now 36-hours for every Muslim worker.
Similarly, working hours of every freelance or intermittent worker are reduced to eight from ten and ten from twelve hours daily for security guards and janitors. Fridays are weekly holidays for every worker throughout the year but can be switched with any other day of the week, as per your employer and office.
Overtime Working In Saudi Arabia
If your employer asks you to work for a time longer than the aforementioned hours, as per your designated profession, you are working overtime for them. Therefore, it is important that you are given additional pay, other than your weekly set wage.
A simple way to calculate your overtime pay is to find the 150% of your hourly wage and multiply it with the number of hours you are working overtime for.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
Q. Is Saturday a working day in Saudi Arabia?
A. In Saudi Arabia Friday and Sunday are official holidays in government sector. Their working days are from Sunday to Thursday 5 days in a week. But in some businesses Saturday is also as working day.
Q. How is overtime calculated in Saudi Arabia?
A. In Saudi Arabia the overtime is calculated on the base of Saudi labor law article (107). The labor receive 150% of the hourly wage in Saudi Arabia.
We hope that this article helped you learn about employment hours in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for your specific profession, during usual workdays as well as Ramadan. Remember to be aware of your rights as per the Labour Law and know exactly how much you should be paid for your services to your employer and company in advance.
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