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Saudi Arabia: Population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Saudi/ non-Saudi), sex and education level (August 2016)

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Saudis Non-Saudis Total
Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
Illiterate 98,846 352,870 451,716 85,087 48,138 133,225 183,933 401,008 584,941
Read & Write 233,657 637,215 870,872 745,172 369,270 1,114,442 978,829 1,006,485 1,985,314
Primary 582,248 687,350 1,269,598 1,238,525 405,801 1,644,326 1,820,773 1,093,151 2,913,924
Intermediate 1,302,119 1,258,266 2,560,385 2,064,411 722,718 2,787,129 3,366,530 1,980,984 5,347,514
Secondary or Equivalent 2,982,586 2,321,605 5,304,191 1,574,424 778,323 2,352,747 4,557,010 3,099,928 7,656,938
Diploma 434,094 195,699 629,793 387,645 101,544 489,189 821,739 297,243 1,118,982
Bachelor Degree  1,157,165 1,247,805 2,404,970 1,025,418 447,624 1,473,042 2,182,583 1,695,429 3,878,012
Higher Diploma / Master Degree 67,079 24,128 91,207 71,693 25,948 97,641 138,772 50,076 188,848
Doctorate 19,166 4,097 23,263 38,283 16,096 54,379 57,449 20,193 77,642
Total 6,876,960 6,729,035 13,605,995 7,230,658 2,915,462 10,146,120 14,107,618 9,644,497 23,752,115

source: GLMM calculations, based on the published results of Labour Force Survey 2016 (Q3).

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

Sampling frame of LFS 2016 Q3: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 33,325 households
Reference period: August 2016
Population of reference: All the members of the households selected in the sample, including domestic helpers and the like who
live in one house; Saudi and non-Saudi population,
living in the Kingdom at the time of the survey.

Classification used for education level: ISCED.

2. Institution which provides data

General Authority for Statistics (GAStat)

3. Data availability

Labour Force Surveys conducted since 1999 are available on the website of GAStat, in Excel and PDF formats.
https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/814

Last date of access: July 2017.

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