Kingdom job seekers’ paradise

Updated 11 October 2015
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Kingdom job seekers’ paradise

JEDDAH: The Eastern Province, Riyadh and Jeddah are among the most sought after locations for job seekers in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, a new study has found.

The three locations ranked seventh, eighth and ninth in a survey conducted by Bayt.com, the biggest employment website in the Middle East, in coordination with an international market research firm, a local publication has reported.
Thirty-five percent of respondents in Jeddah and 40 percent in Riyadh considered salaries to be competitive, and ranked them between good and excellent.
The survey, entitled “The most important cities in the Middle East and North Africa 2015,” found that 72 percent of Jeddah residents and 62 percent living in the Eastern Province were satisfied with living conditions.
Five out of 10 people said there was a good chance to find a job in Riyadh. Forty-two percent in Jeddah and 39 percent in the EP said there were good to excellent employment opportunities in these locations. However, 31 percent and 32 percent respectively said they were weak.
Riyadh, the Eastern Province and Jeddah came fourth, eighth and ninth in terms of sanitation provision in the MENA region. Most respondents said that comfort and hygiene levels were good to excellent but raised concerns about traffic congestion.
The three locations occupied sixth, seventh and ninth positions in terms of labor rights, end of service awards, contract termination, payments for holidays, paternal stipends, wage protection systems, and health and social insurance.
Most of those surveyed found the standard of living in these three locations was good to excellent, ranking them among the best 10 cities in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The Eastern Province, Riyadh and Jeddah were also placed in seventh, eighth and ninth positions in terms of ease of starting up a new business, with respondents ranking them good to excellent.
Most respondents said the three locations had little bureaucracy and paperwork, easy access to funding, market readiness to accept new ideas, the ability to find and employ local talent, and reasonable fees and taxes.
Suhail Al-Masri, vice president of sales, said Bayt.com took on the responsibility of reviewing the best performing cities in the region, “so that job seekers have all the information if they choose to move from one city to another.”
Ilssafeet Fraka, research director, said this kind of market research offers comprehensive information about Middle Eastern and North African cities, to enable companies and job seekers make informed choices.


Al-Jubeir meets UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Updated 26 April 2019
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Al-Jubeir meets UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

LONDON: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the British Foreign Office in London on Thursday.

The two sides held talks during which they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and regional and international developments.

The meeting was attended by the Kingdom’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber.

Al-Jubeir also met with Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt and a number of UK Parliament members at the Saudi Embassy in London.

Earlier, Hunt highlighted the strategic partnership between Britain and Saudi Arabia and said that it would help British efforts to end the war in Yemen. “The strategic relationship that the UK has with Saudi Arabia is what allows us to have a huge influence in bringing about peace in Yemen,” he said.