Termination as per Saudi Labor law

Contract Termination as per Article 74 of Saudi Labor Law

Saudi Labor Law Article 74 lists seven conditions for an employer or employee to terminate a contract for an unfinished job. 

You can read the details related to the termination of the contract as per Article 74 of Saudi labor Law below:

Saudi Labor Law Article 74

Saudi Labor Law Article 74

For an employment contract to be completed, expired, or terminated, the following events might occur:

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  1. Agreement of both parties

According to Saudi Labor Law’s Article 74(1), a contract may be canceled with the written consent of both the employee and the employer. For instance, an employer in Saudi Arabia might accept a resignation letter for an unfulfilled job contract.

  1. Completion of contract

If the contract’s specified time limit has passed, the agreement is considered to have ended per Article 74(2).

  1. Indefinite contract Termination

According to Article 74(3) of Saudi Labor Law, an indefinite contract may only be canceled for valid reasons; under Article 75, an employer can terminate a tentative agreement by giving 60 days’ notice.

Saudi Labor Law’s Article 37 states that expatriate employees always have fixed-term contracts. Accordingly, Article 74(3) does not apply to foreign workers.

  1. Retirement Age

Saudi Labor Law Article 74(4) states that the contract can be terminated with all benefits once an employee reaches retirement age.

According to the KSA rules, the retirement age for men is 60 years. For women, it is 55 years. The retirement age for the males working in government departments is 62 years.

  1. Force Majeure

Force majeure is defined as events that are beyond the control of any party. A contract may be terminated, for instance, by changes in legislation, disasters, riots, armed conflict, terrorist attacks, or Coronavirus as per article 74(5).

The Saudi Labor Law’s Article 74(5) was suspended by the Ministry of Labor during the coronavirus epidemic for a duration of six months, from April 2020 to October 2020.

  1. Business Closure

Article 74(6) of Saudi Labor Law states that a contract automatically expires after a company or business has permanently gone out of business.

  1. Activity Closure

If the division or branch where the employee once worked has shut down, that could result in a termination under Article 74. (7).


What is the rule for termination pay?

After the employer terminates the employee’s services, final compensation must be paid within two days. In the event of an employee’s resignation, the last payout might be issued as part of the company’s regular payment cycle.

Will I get my salary if I get terminated?

It is the employer’s responsibility to pay both the salary and the notice period. An employee must first request wage payment due to him after being fired before sending a formal notification to the employer.

What is the notice period in Saudi labor law?

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, if the employee is paid monthly and the contract is unlimited, the employee must notify the employer at least 60 days before terminating the contract.


Now that you know the conditions for contract termination as per Saudi labor law make sure you don’t face any unfair situation. If you live in Saudi Arab or plan to go there in future, we suggest you educate yourself about their laws and regulations.

If you have any issues at your workplace or have a dispute with your employer, you should always consult the law first.

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