Saudi Arabia issues 390,000 work visas during first quarter

Pedro Gonçalves
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Saudi Arabia issues 390,000 work visas during first quarter

Saudi Arabia has issued over 390,000 work visas in the first quarter of the year according to the figures released by the  General Authority for Statistics (GaStat).

The report showed 229,457 were issued for the individuals representing 58.8%, 143,685 for the private sector and 17,686 for the government, according to local Arabic daily Al-Watan.

Up to March there were 2.863 million house helps in the country, the majority of them (53.8%) were drivers.

It said a total of 259,950 work visas were issued for men against 130,878 for the women during this period.

The report said the visas issued for men were 125,178 to work for individuals, 104,279 for the women while 10,638 work visas were issued for men and 7,048 for women to join the government.

GaStat said a total of 124,134 recruitment visas were issued for men and 19,551 for women to join the private sector and that there were 1.539 million drivers and 1.256 million housemaids in the Gulf nation  during the first quarter of the year.

There were also 23,487 cooks, 30,842 house guards, 4,449 private teachers, 2,637 farmers, 2,530 home nurses and 2,104 house managers.

 

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