80% Saudis pre­fer govt jobs

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A re­cent study by Dr. Nawal Al-Harbi on the Riyadh work­force, pub­lished by the Naif Univer­sity for Se­cu­rity Sciences, said that 18 per­cent of them fur­ther be­lieve the prob­lem was due to in­suf­fi­cient ex­pe­ri­ences on the part of job seek­ing youths. Nepo­tism too was also blamed, as 22 per­cent of those sur­veyed con­firmed.

The wide- rang­ing study in­cluded those 19 per­cent who said un­em­ploy­ment led to a lack of in­de­pen­dence, while 18 per­cent be­lieved that it led to per­sonal de­vi­a­tions from so­ci­ety; 13 per­cent cite poverty as the ma­jor out­come.

Eighty per­cent of the un­em­ployed per­sons would pre­fer work­ing in the gov­ern­ment sec­tor, while 20 per­cent would pre­fer jobs in the pri­vate sec­tor, the sur­vey found.

The rea­sons for pre­fer­ring the gov­ern­ment sec­tor pre­dom­i­nantly re­lated to job se­cu­rity, fewer work­ing hours and longer an­nual hol­i­days.

The sur­vey re­vealed 37 of the sam­ple group had never worked before, while 63 per­cent had some work ex­pe­ri­ence. It re­vealed that among those who had worked pre­vi­ously but are not un­em­ployed, the main rea­son be­hind this change was due to the small salaries, as stated by 47.2 per­cent of the sam­ple.

Mean­while, 12 per­cent said it was be­cause of long work­ing hours and non-suit­able work. Just over two per­cent said it was be­cause of the long dis­tance re­quired for them to travel to work, while 4.5 per­cent said it was mostly be­cause many head­quar­ters are lo­cated out­side the city. In ad­di­tion, 8.5 per­cent said that they do not cur­rently work due to a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence, 3.5 per­cent said it was be­cause there was no means of trans­porta­tion for them, and 15.5 per­cent said it was be­cause of ‘other’ rea­sons.

The un­em­ploy­ment is a so­cial cri­sis ex­pe­ri­enced widely within Saudi Ara­bia, de­spite that the fact that the coun­try doesn’t suf­fer from a dire lack of pro­duc­tive in­dus­tries and el­e­ments.

The King­dom pre­vi­ously tried to de­crease un­em­ploy­ment through a num­ber of pro­grams, such as Hafiz, Ni­taqat, Hadaf and Taqat. The gov­ern­ment has also ex­erted a lot of ef­fort to com­bat un­em­ploy- ment through the es­tab­lish­ment of the King Fa­had Cen­ter for em­ploy­ment un­der the su­per­vi­sion and man­age­ment of the Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Fund. This ini­tia­tive was de­signed to sup­port ef­forts that fa­cil­i­tate the em­ploy­ment of Saudis in the pri­vate sec­tor and sought to im­ple­ment pro­ce­dures to ra­tion for­eign re­cruit­ment and pro­vide more room for na­tional em­ploy­ment.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, Ab­dul Mu­nim Al-Shahri, un­der­sec­re­tary for the Min­istry of La­bor, re­vealed a plan re­cently to pro­vide trans­porta­tion for fe­male em­ploy­ees with to­ken prices to sup­port the fem­i­niza­tion process.

This came dur­ing the open­ing of a cen­ter to sup­port fe­male work in Jazan. This cen­ter aims to ben­e­fit from agree­ments to sup­port pro­duc­tive fam­i­lies in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially those re­lated to na­tion­al­iza­tion in the field of main­tain­ing mbile phones, by pro­vid­ing in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for these fam­i­lies.

He said the plan in­cludes the pro­vi­sion of trans­porta­tion for women work­ing in com­mer­cial stores by agree­ing with own­ers of these stores be­fore­hand as a way to at­tract more women to the po­si­tions. He said that dif­fi­cult trans­porta­tion is one of the ma­jor ob­sta­cles that pre­vents women from work­ing.

DAM­MAM: At least 26 per­cent of Saudis in Riyadh be­lieve that the rising graph of un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try is due to a lack of ap­pro­pri­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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