Saudi work force in private sector rises by 10%

RISING NUMBERS: The number of female Saudi employees in the private sector reached more than 499,000, accounting for 29 percent of the total. (SPA)
Updated 07 July 2016

Saudi work force in private sector rises by 10%

RIYADH: The number of Saudi males and females employed in the private sector rose in 2015 by more than 10 percent compared to the previous year, a local publication reported.
The annual statistics for the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) said the number of Saudi workers in the private sector reached more than 1.738 million male and female workers, which means that the number of employees rose by 188,986 from the number in 2014 which totaled to 1.5 million.
The statistics showed that the number of males working in the private sector in 2015 reached to 1.239 million, accounting for 71 percent of the total number of Saudis in the same sector, while the number of female Saudi employees reached more than 499,000, accounting for 29 percent of the total.
Statistics by SAMA, which based its data and information on figures from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, revealed that male and female Saudis working in the private sector represent 16 percent of the total number of employees in the sector, exceeding 10.5 million workers.
Riyadh acquired the major share in the recruitment of nationals in the private sector, with the total of Saudi workers exceeding 671,000, representing 38 percent, while the Eastern Province occupied second place in the recruitment of nationals in the private sector by 23 percent.
Makkah came in third in the recruitment of nationals in the private sector, with 395,000 male and female Saudi workers, representing 22 percent at the level of the Kingdom.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.