Saudi Arabia’s IT employment sector offering major opportunities

Figures released by Madar Research have shown the IT job market in Saudi Arabia, is growing at an annual rate of an estimated four percent, surpassing more than any other job sector in the kingdom.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  July 30, 2003

Figures released by Madar Research have shown the IT job market in Saudi Arabia, is growing at an annual rate of an estimated four percent, surpassing more than any other job sector in the kingdom.

Translated into real figures the growth shows opportunities for professionals in the sector with a possible 7,200 to 8,800 new jobs created every year in the local IT market.

“The surge in demand for IT jobs reaffirms the assertion that Saudi Arabia is one of the most productive markets in the Middle East region,” said Dirk de Waegeneire, VP of International Sales for Fujitsu-Siemens Computers.

Waegeneire said with Fujitsu’s operations rapidly expanding in the kingdom, the signs boded well for the future.

“The focus on IT and the employment of key qualified personnel in this sector will necessitate the introduction and implementation of new products and solutions by large corporations as well as small and medium enterprises (SME). Fujitsu-Siemens Computers has selected Saudi Arabia as one of our key growth areas for 2003,” he remarked.

Saudi Arabia’s has pushed itself as an ideal market for the information technology sector of recent, and is said to be the fastest growing of all the Middle East territories. The country has made major investments towards developing a modern IT and telecommunications infrastructure capable of supporting e-Commerce and the demands of a growing information conscious society.

According to the figures released by Madar Research, the size of the IT workforce employed in both public and private sectors is now estimated at between 180,000 and 220,000. This is approximately three per cent of the total workforce, and is the second single largest IT community in the Arab World after Egypt. However, it is significantly lower than the four and a half percent figure in the United Arab Emirates.

The distribution of IT jobs in Saudi Arabia is among international companies, local firms, oil and gas companies and government entities. According to Madar Research, programming and software engineering has the largest share of demand for IT professionals at 21.5%; followed by network design and administration with 19.16%and database development and administration with 16.82%.

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