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Employed population by nationality (Saudi/ non-Saudi) and sector of economic activity (2007;2012)

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  Saudis Non-Saudis TOTAL
Economic activity 2007 2012 2007 2012 2007 2012
Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing 110,641 160,165 253,540 282,180 364,181 442,345
Mining and quarrying 90,727 88,641 12,079 14,930 102,806 103,571
Manufacturing 125,522 134,019 440,250 576,760 565,772 710,779
Electricity, gas and water supply 50,554 57,711 23,828 38,310 74,382 96,021
Construction 77,375 112,701 716,213 1,357,844 793,588 1,470,545
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, 255,505 293,847 994,766 1,403,916 1,250,271 1,697,763
 motorcycles and personal and household goods  
Hotels and restaurants 21,402 23,616 227,299 273,397 248,701 297,013
Transport, storage and communications 208,116 195,718 135,434 238,005 343,550 433,723
Financial intermediation 68,333 74,023 15,454 27,012 83,787 101,035
Real estate, renting and business activities 111,305 137,508 138,941 210,626 250,246 348,134
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 1,364,456 1,602,808 35,638 39,995 1,400,094 1,642,803
Education 830,799 1,049,574 98,399 132,337 929,198 1,181,911
Health and social work 200,240 262,223 135,678 222,622 335,918 484,845
Other community, social and personal service activities 60,497 55,182 115,380 107,021 175,877 162,203
Activities of private households as employers and undifferentiated … 8,088 2,275 830,039 951,341 838,127 953,616
Extraterritorial organizations and bodies 1,191 1,712 8,659 8,374 9,850 10,086
Total 3,584,751 4,251,723 4,181,597 5,884,670 7,766,348 10,136,393

Source: Manpower Surveys 2007 and 2012 (Rounds 1).

ANNEXED NOTE

 

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

 

Sampling frame of LFS 2007 and 2012 (Rounds 1): Population Census 2004 and 2010.

Sample size: 23 000 and 29 000 households respectively

Reference period: February 19th-March 20th, 2007 and January 25th-February 17th, 2012

Population of reference: all individuals (nationals and non-nationals) residing in the Kingdom during the period of reference.

The ultimate sampling unit is the household.

 

(a) Household and household members: A person or group of persons, related or not related, who share housing and food.

Servants, drivers and similar categories are considered to be part of the household if they live in the same housing unit.

 

(b) Employed person: A person aged 15 years and above who worked during the reference week for at least one hour for pay or profit, or who had a job but were temporarily absent from work.

Employment refers to people who during the reference period:

– worked for one hour or more for wage or salary, in cash or in kind

– worked for one hour or more for profit or family gain, in cash or in kind

– worked for at least 15 hours without pay on a family business or farm

– did volunteer work

Reference period for employment: The seven days preceding the interview date.

 

Classification used for economic activity is ISIC 3.1

 

2. Institution which provides data

 

Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI), Ministry and Economy and Planning

 

3. Data availability

 

Surveys conducted since 1999 are available on the website of the CDSI (http://www.cdsi.gov.sa/), in published form in PDF format. A selection of tables is also available in PDF or Excel format.

https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/814 (website English version) or https://www.stats.gov.sa/ar/814 (website Arabic version). The technical notes and tables of contents are in Arabic and the tables are in both languages.

Date of access: May 2013.

Since 2007, Statistical Yearbooks have introduced a section on “Labour Statistics”, which presents a selection of tables from Manpower Surveys.

https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/46

Date of access: May 2013.

 

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