Adapt your talent recruitment for Saudi Arabia

The market at a glance

Size of workforce ? Those who work for pay or profit for at least one hour a week, or who have a job but are temporarily not at work due to illness, leave or industrial action
13m people
Employment rate ? The ratio of the employed to the working age
5%
Education rate ? % of population (25-44 yrs old) with tertiary graduation rates
26%
Cost of labor ? Average wages
N/A
English proficiency index (world) ? The world's largest ranking of countries and regions by English skills
#72/80 Very low proficiency
None ? None
None

Finding the right talent

Saudis use social media and LinkedIn to find jobs, although a number of Saudian companies are not on social media. You may have a recruiting advantage if you use your company’s social media channels effectively (for example, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

Bayt.com is the most popular job site in the Middle East; other reputable sites include AlJazeera Jobs and GulfTalent.com. Saudi recruitment agencies are listed in the Saudian Yellow Pages, though it may not be necessary to use them given the lack of Saudis using LinkedIn.

Things to keep in mind

It’s more common to do business face-to-face, so it’s important to have on-the-ground recruitment to engage candidates from the start. Working hours are strictly capped at eight hours a day, Sunday to Thursday, which is reduced to six hours a day during Ramadan.

There are a number of other important cultural customs, etiquette, and laws that you should recognize. Check out the guides available online through the British government and other companies outlining the extent of these customs and laws. It’s really important you understand and observe these when growing your business in Saudi Arabia.