Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme

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Saudi Arabia: Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Saudi/non-Saudi), sex and activity status (May 2015)

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Activity status      In the labour force               Out of the labour force          Total      
  Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
Saudis 4,384,137 1,207,426 5,591,563 2,455,232 5,776,789 8,232,021 6,839,369 6,984,215 13,823,584
Non-Saudis 5,643,005 677,641 6,320,646 413,485 1,666,316 2,079,801 6,056,490 2,343,957 8,400,447
Total 10,027,142 1,885,067 11,912,209 2,868,717 7,443,105 10,311,822 12,895,859 9,328,172 22,224,031

source: Labour Force Survey 2015 (Round 1).

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

Sampling frame of LFS 2015 Round 1: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 33500 households
Reference period: May 2015.
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) Person in the labour force: a person aged 15 years and over, employed or unemployed.

(b) Person out of the labour force: A person aged 15 years and over who is not included in the labour force, among which: the persons staying home for domestics activities, the students, the retired, the self sufficients,
the ones unable to enrol in labour, who are not working and do not look for employment for any other reason.

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 (, in PDF format. Tables are also sometimes available in Excel format. (website English version)
The technical notes and tables of contents are displayed in the PDF version, in Arabic only. The tables are in both languages.
Since 2007, Statistical Yearbooks have introduced a section on “Labour Statistics”, which presents a selection of tables from Manpower Surveys.

Date of access: October 2015.


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