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Saudi Arabia: Private sector employees by nationality (Saudi / Non-Saudi), sex and occupation category (2017)

Saudis Non-Saudis Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Directors and managers 111,553 47,992 159,545 68,676 955 69,631 180,229 48,947 229,176
Specialists in professional, technical and humanitarian fields 85,324 43,616 128,940 635,610 27,962 663,572 720,934 71,578 792,512
Technicians in professional, technical and humanitarian  fields 109,312 71,596 180,908 602,430 56,142 658,572 711,742 127,738 839,480
Clerical occupations 297,834 239,842 537,676 55,366 2,356 57,722 353,200 242,198 595,398
Sales occupations 137,330 128,209 265,539 503,214 1,968 505,182 640,544 130,177 770,721
Service occupations 292,194 44,484 336,678 2,640,641 117,213 2,757,854 2,932,835 161,697 3,094,532
Agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing 2,949 633 3,582 501,986 104 502,090 504,935 737 505,672
Supporting basic engineering occupations 202,381 20,485 222,866 2,888,491 551 2,889,042 3,090,872 21,036 3,111,908
Industrial and chemical processes and food industries occupations 24,159 8,110 32,269 190,713 12,654 203,367 214,872 20,764 235,636
Other occupations 30,036 888 30,924 4,849 393 5,242 34,885 1,281 36,166
Total 1,293,072 605,855 1,898,927 8,091,976 220,298 8,312,274 9,385,048 826,153 10,211,201

Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Data section
 
ANNEXED NOTE
 
1. Technical Notes and Definitions

Ministry of Labour’s records of employed labourers.
Classification used for occupations is adapted from ISCO 1988.

2. Institution which provides data 

Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD).
https://mlsd.gov.sa/en/
https://mlsd.gov.sa/

3. Data availability 

Ministry of Labour’s records of employees and job-seekers in the private sector are published in chapter “Labour and Social Security” of GAStat’s Annual Yearbooks (in Arabic and English, Excel format):
https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/940
The data is also published in the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) Annual Statistics (“miscellaneous statistics” section) (Excel format)
http://www.sama.gov.sa/en-US/EconomicReports/Pages/YearlyStatistics.aspx

Last date of access: July 2018.

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