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Saudi Arabia starts to follow flexible work contracts system

By : Marwa Mahmoud

The Saudi Human Resources Ministry has begun introducing the “flexible work” system contracts that allow contracting between the facility and the citizen to work specific hours, without requiring the facility to pay leave or end-of-service benefits.

Pursuant to the rules governing part-time work, the contract of employment must be in writing and the length and number of hours of work shall be limited to less than half the normal regular hours of work, whether on a daily basis or on certain days of the week, and may be extended for a similar period or for a period decided by all parties.

The proposed regulation obliges employer to provide the protection afforded to similar workers, in terms of occupational safety and health and work injuries.

When the employment contract is terminated by one of the two parties without a valid reason; the aggrieved party may demand wages as compensation for the remainder of the contract period; unless otherwise agreed, the “flexible job” worker shall have the right to consent or refuse to work at any time without taking any action against him.

A Saudi worker who works for a part-time employer is included in the nationalization rate according to the ratios approved in the Nitaqat system and is enrolled as a part-time worker with the General Organization for Social Insurance.

Flexible employment means job done by a part-time worker for one or more employers and the hourly wage is determined on the condition that the working hours of the worker for one employer are less than half of the working hours of the government, as work contracts with a flexible working structure are restricted to Saudis only.