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Saudi Arabia: Private sector employees by nationality (Saudi / Non-Saudi) and sex (2005-2017)

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Saudis Non-Saudis Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
2005 590,000 30,000 620,000 4,660,000 80,000 4,740,000 5,300,000 100,000 5,400,000
2006 673,830 39,921 713,751 4,782,034 84,955 4,866,989 5,455,864 124,876 5,580,740
2007 714,565 51,056 765,621 4,964,241 96,994 5,061,235 5,678,806 148,050 5,826,856
2008 777,606 51,451 829,057 5,301,290 91,600 5,392,890 6,078,896 143,051 6,221,947
2009* 633,075 48,406 681,481 6,125,028 89,039 6,214,067 6,758,103 137,445 6,895,548
2010 669,037 55,618 724,655 6,178,130 88,415 6,266,545 6,847,167 144,033 6,991,200
2011 744,990 99,486 844,476 6,823,554 113,466 6,937,020 7,568,544 212,952 7,781,496
2012 918,793 215,840 1,134,633 7,244,206 108,694 7,352,900 8,162,999 324,534 8,487,533
2013 1,068,315 398,538 1,466,853 8,051,394 161,388 8,212,782 9,119,709 559,926 9,679,635
2014 1,136,897 413,071 1,549,968 8,300,627 169,512 8,470,139 9,437,524 582,583 10,020,107
2015 1,239,463 499,611 1,739,074 8,698,869 179,247 8,878,116 9,938,332 678,858 10,617,190
2016 1,261,538 547,777 1,809,315 8,826,453 208,817 9,035,270 10,087,991 756,594 10,844,585
2017 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

* Workers double-counted and with incomplete or incorrect information were excluded.

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 present time-series data is taken from the Saudi Arabial 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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