Salary, Contracts and Benefits
What is the contract term required?
Contracts in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East are generally one or two year renewable contracts. At times, we also have locum contracts for nurses. Presently there are 90 or 180 day contracts available for ER,Neonatal ICU nurses and nurse/ midwives.
What are the salaries?
Salaries in Saudi Arabia vary depending on the hospital you work in, the experience you have and the Country you are recruited from. Most hospitals base their salary and allowances on rates prevailing in the recruit's country of origin, i.e. US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle and Far East. The salary and benefit package for the post you apply for will be advised on your initial application.
Salaries are normally paid at the end of each month in Saudi Riyals (SR), directly into the employee's local bank account. The hospitals assist you in opening a bank account. You can transfer money and pay your bills as you are doing now with Internet banking.
Is the salary really tax-free?
Yes, but you should check any reciprocal arrangements with your home country.
Does Profco give tax advice?
No, we do not have a tax or financial expert to advise you. Tax laws vary from country to country, and as we recruit candidates from all over the world, we cannot be experts with the tax laws of all jurisdictions. We advise all candidates, who secure offers, to obtain independent financial advice.
Are there any bonuses?
Yes, some hospitals have a sign-on bonus of $2,500 for a one year contract and $5,000 for a two year contract. In addition, there is a 15-day service award for each completed year. This is granted under Saudi Labor Law. Some hospitals also offer one month salary as an end-of-year bonus.
Do I get free healthcare? Do I need insurance?
As in other countries, your employer covers work insurance. The hospital provides free health care for you including vaccinations. However, dental care is emergency only.
What are the working hours?
The working hours are 42.5 in some hospitals and 44 hours per week in others. Generally nurses work 22 shifts in a six week period. You have to rotate between days and nights. Shifts are 07:00-19:30 and 19:00-07:30. Business hours operate in some clinical areas such as clinics that are open from Sunday to Thursday (Friday and Saturday is the weekend in Saudi Arabia)
What are the benefits?
- Tax-free salary*
- Free fully furnished accommodation and utilities
- Free medical coverage
- Yearly service award (re-contracting Bonus)
- Free mobilization (arrival) and de-mobilization (final departure) flights to and from point of origin and yearly round trip flight ticket to point of hire
- Free transportation services
- Baggage allowance
- Free uniform & laundry
- Free recreation services (Gym, pools, tennis, etc.)
- Availability of on job training & courses
- Merit increase upon renewal of contract (maximum of 6%)
- Availability of promotion & transfer
- Overtime plentiful
- Saudi Service Award (Consisting of one-half months basic salary for each of the first five years of service and one month basic salary for each year of services thereafter)
- 8-9 weeks paid leave (36-46 days annual leave + public holidays)
For married status contracts:
- Education allowances for 3-4 eligible dependents that are between 6 and 18 years of age. This can be negotiated for some hard-to-recruit-to posts.
- Free healthcare provided for dependents
- Holiday and vacation days
- 30 days of annual leave per year (2.5 days per month of service to be utilized after 3 months of service)
- Holiday leave per year (10 days Eid Al Fitr, 10 days Hajj and 1 day Saudi National Day)
- Annual vacation air tickets to point of origin - on contract renewal
- Mid-year benefit (ticket and 10 days post leave)
How much experience do I need to work in Saudi Arabia?
Our client hospitals require a minimum of two years post-graduate experience. Generally, as our client hospitals are the leading tertiary referral centres, you need to have experience from a University or teaching hospital.
I am a male nurse, can I work in Saudi Arabia?
We do have many vacancies currently for male nurses as well. However, Saudi Arabia is an Islamic society and males cannot nurse females or children on their own (there should always be a female present). This reduces the flexibility of the wards in terms of hiring men and women. Males are likely to be hired to males' wards and some critical care areas such as emergency room and intensive care.
I do not have a European or Australian Passport can I be hired
Hospitals in Saudi Arabia contract recruitment agencies worldwide. Each agency has its own geographical territory that they source nurses from. Professional Connections is contracted to recruit European, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian passport holders only. Therefore we can only process your application if you hold one of these passports. Otherwise you have to contact your local agent.
Can I leave if I do not like it?
Yes, you can leave at any time, but as customary in most countries we recommend ideally giving a one month notice.
Is there support for employees against the employer?
Yes absolutely, the Saudi Labor Court strongly defends employees.