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Saudi Arabia: Work permits granted for private sector employment, by administrative region (governorate) (2014)

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Governorate Labour permits
Riyadh 2,848,185
Makkah 1,779,868
Madinah 272,905
Al-Qasseem 308,175
Eastern 1,582,864
Assir 248,685
Hail 103,089
Tabouk 63,225
Al-Baha 37,204
Northern Border 34,086
Al-Jouf 54,825
Jazan 85,684
Najran 105,531
Total 7,524,326

Source: Ministry of Labour
1. Definitions

Classification used for economic activity is adapted from ISIC 3.1

2. Data collection methodology

The issuance of the work permits begins with filing an application with the Ministry of Labor.
After its approval, the Ministry of Labor forwards the application to the Ministry of Interior for the issuance of the residency permit.

3. Institution which provides data

Ministry of Labour

4. Data availability

The figures are published in the Ministry of Labour’s website (open data section) (in Arabic).

Last date of access: 18 December 2015.

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