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Saudi Arabia: Work permits issued by occupation category (2013)

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Occupation of permit holder 2013
Managers and Business Managers 17,759
Specialists in Scientific, Technical and Humanities Fields 574,031
Technicians in Scientific, Technical and Humanities Fields 541,819
Clerical Workers 21,724
Sales Persons 224,624
Service Persons 2,093,041
Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fishing 122,665
Industrial, Chemical and Food Industries 213,935
Engineering Support 3,063,833
Non stated 1,368
TOTAL 6,874,799

Source: Ministry of Labour
1. Definitions

Classification used for occupations is adapted from ISCO 1988.

2. Data collection methodology

The issuance of the residency and 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

Published in Ministry of Labour’s Statistical Yearbooks
MoL Yearbooks (in Arabic) are available online at (all issues since 2004)
2013’s Yearbook:

Last date of access: July 2015.

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