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Saudi private sector employment reaches 11.27m in April

Significant growth in employment as Saudi nationals and residents join expanding job market.

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The private sector employs over 8.91 million residents.
Saudi national workforce showed that 961,690 employees were female and 1.4 million were male.
The private sector saw a net job growth of 26,694 for both Saudi nationals and residents.

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Saudi Arabia’s private sector has expanded its workforce, reaching a total of 11.27 million employees in April, according to official data from the Saudi National Labor Observatory (NLO).

The NLO report highlighted a net increase of 18,535 Saudi citizens joining the private sector workforce in April. Among the total workforce, over 2.35 million are Saudi nationals, including more than 970,200 female workers and over 1.38 million male employees.

In contrast, the private sector employs over 8.91 million residents, comprising more than 8.55 million male workers and 364,900 female employees. The report emphasises a diverse and dynamic workforce, with over 9.9 million male and 1.3 million female workers from various nationalities playing vital roles in the sector’s operations.

In February, the private sector workforce in Saudi Arabia numbered 11.1 million, marking a 0.9 per cent increase from the previous month, according to NLO data. Of these, 2.3 million were Saudi nationals, while 8.8 million were residents of different nationalities. This data indicates a positive trend in employment as the private sector continues to grow and create opportunities for Saudi citizens.

Saudi national workforce showed that 961,690 employees were female and 1.4 million were male

An analysis of the Saudi national workforce showed that 961,690 employees were female, and 1.4 million were male. Among the 8.8 million non-Saudi workers, 348,892 were women, and 8.4 million were men.

In February alone, the private sector saw a net job growth of 26,694 for both Saudi nationals and residents, reflecting a steady rise in employment.

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify its economy have turned the Kingdom into a hub for job opportunities, driven by ambitious projects like NEOM, which attract new talent to the construction sector.

NLO, a governmental organisation, monitors and analyses labour market trends and dynamics in the country. It serves as an essential resource for policymakers, researchers, and stakeholders interested in understanding and addressing issues related to employment, workforce development, and labour market regulations.

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