Medical Jobs Available in Saudi Arabia August 2021

Jobs for doctors - physicians and surgeons in Saudi Arabia August 2021

Fraser Clarke

As August draws to a close, we see some green shoots of recovery with new medical jobs coming up in the Saudi Arabian private healthcare sector. The private sector counts for just 30% of Saudi healthcare provision and is focused mostly on secondary and primary care with a very selective capacity for tertiay care. 

The preceding eighteen months, in which the covid19 pandemic ravaged the Middle East, lead to recruitment freezes prompted by hospital closures, hospital repurposing and travel restrictions which severely limited elective surgical procedures and much routine medical care. Now we see some promise of an attempted return to normality.


New Physician and Surgeon Roles

We have eight new roles in Riyadh and Al Khobar offering excelllent modern working facilities, attractive tax free salary packages with generous benefits, paid leave and Continuing Medical Education opportunities which allow you to keep up to date with the latest developments in your field.


1: Emergency Medicine Physicians

Emergency departments in central Riyadh and Al Khobar are busy with lots of adults and children looking for medical care for emergencies and urgent problems. Many don't have family physicians which are a relatively new concept in the Gulf and use the emergency department for most of their healthcare needs. Working in these departments can be a fascinating experience with the opportunity to manage cases you might never see in the western heatlhcare systems. 

You can expect to work 48 hours per week in a shift pattern and as a consultant you will be the leader of teams of specialists (emergency physicians who have just completed residency) whom you will supervise, teach and mentor.

What you will need:

  • a specialist fellowship or board certification in emergency medicine - the American Board of Emergency Medicine, FRCPC, FRCEM, FRACEM are all accepted. Western European qualifications are accepted too but many countries do not have residency programmes and postgraduate qualifications in emergency medicine which are comparable to those from North American and the Anglosphere countries. If in doubt, contact us for advice.
  • a minimum of 3 years experience post fellowship / board certification working independently as a consultant
  • adaptability: the ability to respond quickly and positively to new surroundings and ways of working
  • excellent communication: you must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with your team and patients and manage their expectations well.
  • problem solving skills: you will need to be innovative and creative to manage the problems that the work presents which may be very different from back home
  • IT skills to manage electronic health records and communications
  • English language fluency - English is the working language whilst Arabic is the official language. Whilst knowledge of Arabic is not essential, it certainly helps, and learning a basic vocabulary would be a good idea.

2: Vascular Surgeon

This is a growing speciality in the Middle East. Cardiovascular disease is common as is obesity, diabetes and an aging demographic. You can expect your skills to be in high demand. You will work in a general surgical team as a specialised vascular surgeon.
You can expect to work a basic 48 hours per week and perhaps more.

What you will need:

  • a specialist fellowship or board certification in general surgery - the American Board of Surgery, FRCSC, FRCS /CCT FRACS are all accepted. Western European qualifications are accepted too.
  • subspecialist training or a fellowship in vascular surgery. UK Surgeons should have the CCT in vascular surgery as well as general surgery.
  • a minimum of 3 years experience post fellowship / board certification working independently as a consultant
  • confidence to work unsupported and to lead junior surgeons
  • teaching abilities: leading a surgical team you will need to train, manage, educate and mentor your junior surgeons 

3: Plastic Surgeons

Saudi Arabia is famous for its aesthetic surgery, facelifts and beauty enhancements but this will not be your sole scope of practice as there is plenty of potential for reconstrucutive surgery, burns surgery and hand surgery.  

You can expect to work with a team of plastic surgeons- consultants and specialists - with a varied and exciting case load.

What you will need:

  • a specialist fellowship or board certification in plastic surgery - the American Board of Surgery, FRCSC, FRCS /CCT FRACS are all accepted. Western European qualifications are accepted too.
  • a minimum of 3 years experience post fellowship / board certification working independently as a consultant
  • capability in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery with a solid log book of cases covering 2 years work
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills


4: Spinal Surgeon

A trained orthopaedic surgeon you should have specialist training in spinal surgery and will practice in this discipline full time. You will be part of a team of orthopaedic surgeons in a highly specialised department offering diverse services of outstanding quality.
You willl need to have board certification or other specialist qualification in orthopaedics from a Western county and subpsecialist training in spinal surgery.
You should also have 3- 5 years of independent practice post specialistion and be confident in your ability to work independently.

5: Physicians

Specilised physicians in the fields of dermatology, pulmonology, neurology and gastroenterology are sought for a busy central Riyadh hospital with high patient demand.
You will join the department of medicine as consultants leading teams of specialists and residents to provide an integrated service to in patients and out patients. 
You will need specialist board certification or fellowship in dermatology, neurology, pulmonology or gastroenterology from a Western country with at least 3- 5 years experience of independent consultant experience post specialisation.


You can anticipate a great tax free package.
  • Basic Salary: salaries are tax free, paid in local currency and graded by pay scale, largely dependent upon experience. You can expect SAR 50,000 and upwards depending upon how many years of practice experience you have since completion of specialist training.
  • Incentives: your contract may include a percentage of revenue you generate, particulary if you perform a lot of procedures
  • Health Insurance: employers must provide employees with paid health cover. This includes family members for married contracts.
  • Accommodation: the employer provides a furnished apartment free of charge. If you don't like it, you can ask for an allownce and rent a place yourself.
  • Travel: your flight to and from point of hire will be paid by the employer and each year you can expect a round trip ticket or the value of the same to selct your destination and route of choice.
  • Education allowance: a cash allowance to cover school fees for up to 3 children under age 18
  • End of Service Award: at the end of your contract, you will receive a bonus payment

Data Flow Report

You will need a Data Flow Report which verifies your qualifications, licence and experience at primary source. This usuaullly takes 14-30 days depending upon which service you select.
Once the report is generated, it can be used for all jobs and licencing boards in the Middle East and you can move it from one to another by payment of a small fee.

Medical Practice Licence

The licence board uses the Data Flow Report as a basis for verification of your qualifications and experience and following further evelaution of your curriculum vitae and a credentialing process, issues a licence to practise in your speciality.
The license will usually be attached to a sponsor and specific place of work.

Work in Saudi Arabia

If you are interested to work in Saudi Arabia, please search available jobs in the Kingdom or contact us for advice.