The National Labor Observatory (NLO) said the total number of nationals employed in the private sector reached 2.23 million in Q2 2023, the highest level of participation by nationals over the last quarters.
The total number of Saudi employees grew by nearly 210,000 year-on-year (YoY) in Q2 2023, with average growth of 42,000 employees quarterly starting from Q2 2023.
The total number of Saudi employees recorded the highest rise among both genders. Male employees reached 1.3 million, compared to 900,000 female employees in the second quarter of 2023.
The number of Saudi male employees grew by 3% YoY, compared to an increase of 14.4% YoY for female employees. Males and females accounted for 13.3% and 9% of total employees in the three-month period.
Number of Saudi employees in Private Sector in Q2 2023
|Nationals Growth Rate|
|% of Total Employees|
The Eastern Region and Makkah came on top by number of Saudization rates in Q2 2023, as shown in the following table:
Saudization Rates by Region
The information and communications technology (ICT) activity led in terms of Saudization rates with 60%, followed by education (53%).
Saudization Rate by Economic Activity
Highest Participation of Saudi males
Highest Participation of Saudi females
|Arts & Entertainment|
Nationals exceed one third of total employees
|Water, Electricity and Industrial Activity|
Source : Argaam