Employment Basics: Saudi Arabia

Most people find that living and working in Saudi Arabia is a life-changing experience.

Vacation time in Saudi Arabia is generous (usually six to eight weeks per year), allowing you to travel and explore the world, visiting European, African, or Asian destinations. Other benefits include tax-free income* and furnished accommodations.

The majority of employment contracts in Saudi Arabia are "single-status," which means that even if you are married, your spouse and/or family members cannot accompany you to Saudi Arabia. Only some senior/administrative and medical contracts allow family members to travel to and live in Saudi Arabia.

Contracts in Saudi Arabia are generally for one or two years, renewable by mutual agreement.

To qualify for a position in Saudi Arabia you must have a minimum of two years of current, post-registration/post- certification experience in a North American acute-care hospital. For some positions you will require more than two years of experience. Licensed staff (e.g., RNs, RRTs) must have and maintain current, active licenses.

*No tax is deducted in Saudi Arabia, but you should check for any possible tax liability in your home country.

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