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How To Get Employment (Job) In Saudi Arabia

Jawazat & MOIHow To Get Employment (Job) In Saudi Arabia

The fast-growing economy of Saudi Arabia creates a range of job opportunities for ex-pats. Job searching, however, is a challenging task for foreigners. It is now more difficult to introduce the ‘Saudization’ plan. 

This plan provides young adults (Saudi nationals only) the exposure they need for their work lives. Moreover, firms would have to pay fines if they employ more foreign workers than local workers.

Therefore, it is highly likely that job vacancies for ex-pats in Saudi Arabia will reduce significantly in the future.

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Searching for vacancies in multinational firms based in Saudi Arabia might be your best option. However, you can easily find jobs in Saudi firms too. This is possible with the correct knowledge required before starting your job hunt.

Perks of Working in Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia’s solid industrial sector guarantees high-paying jobs. Its oil reserves contribute to about 50% of its GDP.
  • Diversification means that there are jobs available for expats with various skills and education. This article mentions some of these employment fields later.
  • There is no imposition of income tax on foreigners. Therefore, expats receive a much higher net income. Compared to the salaries of the same jobs offered in other countries, expats working in Saudi Arabia earn a relatively handsome amount. 
  • You can also receive an End of Contract Bonus (ESB). This can add up to a large amount, ensuring more financial security. However, you need to complete at least two years to be eligible for ESB. 
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Work Permit and Work Visa 

To have a job in Saudi Arabia, you must have a work permit. You can not secure one if you do not have a concrete job offer.

You can also receive this through your sponsor (usually your employer). Every ex-pat needs a sponsor who guarantees their work during their stay in Saudi Arabia. Your sponsor will apply for your permit on his behalf.  

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Similarly, your sponsor will help you get your employment visa. Again, you would need a job offer beforehand and a sponsor to get your work visa. 

Your passport should expire at least six months from the day you are applying to have your visa approved.

However, Saudi officers will reject your visa if your passport shows that you have been to Israel or were born there.


Furthermore, you can not enter Saudi Arabia without any contagious diseases. You need to have a medical test done to get your visa approval.

This will provide the Saudi government with a confirmation that you are free from any such disease.

Working in Saudi Arabia

Industries to Look for Jobs in

  • Oil and Gas industry
  • Telecommunications
  • Healthcare Services
  • Education
  • IT 
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Food Processing

Leading Companies in Saudi Arabia

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Moreover, some of the multinational firms based in Saudi Arabia include:

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Expertise You Need to Land a Job in Saudi Arabia

It is no secret that finding jobs in Saudi Arabia can be difficult. However, the industries named above can offer several jobs.

With a short skill set in particular areas in Saudi Arabia, you have a very high chance of getting recruited. 

Tax professionals now stand a high chance of finding jobs in Saudi Arabia due to the introduction of VAT in 2018.

Moreover, some highly-demand skills include engineering, teaching, IT, and healthcare. Specialists in water resource management and transport infrastructure are also in high demand. 

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Language Requirement

English is also commonly used, especially in the business world. However, Arabic as it is more widely used and understood by everyone. Hence, it is better to have a basic know-how of Arabic too.