Saudi: More than 80% of job seekers are women

According to a report published by General Authority of Statistics (GaSat) on Tuesday, the number of Saudi job seekers reached 1.07 million this year with women accounting for 83.9 percent or 899,000 and men representing 16.1 percent or 173,000.

About 26.8 percent unemployed Saudis were seeking jobs for the past 12 months while 45 percent of them sought jobs for six months, the report explained. The report was based on a survey conducted by the authority, said Al-Madina Arabic daily.

Referring to the method followed by the jobseekers to get employed, the authority said 31.1 percent of male jobseekers registered their names with the Ministry of Civil Service, while 38.6 percent of them applied directly to companies and other employers.

“About 43 percent women jobseekers have registered with the Civil Service Ministry for getting employed,” GaSat said in light of its survey.

The latest GaSat report showed unemployment rate among the Saudis at 12.9 percent compared to 12.8 percent in the end of 2017 with jobless men accounting for 7.6 percent and women 30.9 percent, Al-Madina reported.

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aims at reducing unemployment rate to 9 percent by 2020 and 7 percent by 2030. The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has increased the rate of Saudization in some business sectors to increase job opportunities for Saudi men and women.

Experts have called for halting foreign recruitment, ending false Saudization and increasing efficiency of Saudi jobseekers to get them employed quickly by the private sector.

The total number of workers from the data of administrative records in Saudi Arabia (Q1, 2018) reached 13.33 million individuals, compared to 13.58 million individuals in Q4, 2017.

“However, the first quarter of 2018 witnessed a decrease in the number of non-Saudi workers by 234,191 individuals compared to the fourth quarter of 2017,” the GaStat said. The number of Saudi workers registered for jobs reached 3,150,409 individuals during the same period.

Source Credit: Saudi Gazette

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