French international reports indicate that more than one million expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia have left the labor market in Saudi Arabia this year.
A number of international news agencies confirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is currently witnessing a significant decline in the labor market, as reports indicated that expatriate labor in Saudi Arabia has decreased by 20%, according to the report proved this year.
Reports from French newspapers have confirmed that the number of expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia has fallen sharply in the public and private sectors from 8.55 million at the end of 2016 to just 6.66 million at the end of June this year.
During the same period, the number of domestic helpers in the kingdom, including maids and private drivers, rose dramatically by 33 percent to 3.11 million, Jadwa said.
It should be noted that the reason for expatriates leaving the labor market in Saudi Arabia is due to the large fees imposed by the Ministry of Labor and Development in Saudi Arabia on expatriates and has been applied since the beginning of 2018.
It is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia has imposed new annual fees on foreigners, as it has been imposed on each Saudi company employing foreigners more than Saudis to pay an additional 400 riyals per employee since 2018 and 800 riyals in 2019.
According to international reports from the French press, Saudi Arabia has a population of about 33.4 million, about a third of whom are foreigners and expatriate workers.