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Saudi Workforce Returns to Government Facilities, Corporate Headquarters

Saudi Workforce Returns to Government Facilities, Corporate Headquarters

Sunday, 31 May, 2020 - 09:30
Streets are deserted in Riyadh amid curfew during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. (SPA)
Riyadh - Fatehelrahman Yousif

Saudi authorities on Sunday allowed the return of public and private sectors employees to their work premises, under strict sanitary measures set by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, in coordination with the Health Ministry and other relevant agencies.

Meanwhile, experts sounded optimistic over the rapid recovery of the Saudi economy, based on positive indications on the Kingdom’s ability to overcome the repercussions of the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to the General Authority for Statistics, the total workforce capacity in Saudi Arabia during the third quarter of last year 2019 reached 13 million workers and employees. Saudi nationals account for 3.1 million employees, while around 1.02 million Saudis are able to work and looking for job opportunities.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Businessman Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Zamel, formerly Chairman of the Board of Saudi Chambers and Chairman of the Board of Directors of several Saudi companies, said: “We have a good feeling as a private sector, with the return of the employees to work… after a closure of nearly three months, which was difficult for everyone, especially for the private sector...”

“In fact, I did not expect this quick resumption of work, but this reflects a high confidence by the leadership and specialized ministries, especially the Ministry of Health and the relevant experts,” he added.

He also emphasized that the return to work would have a positive effect on the private sector, including the financial market, pointing out that companies, factories, stores, contractors and others will re-launch operations and compensate for losses incurred over the past period.

For his part, Dr. Abdul Rahman Baashen, head of the Al Shorouk Center for Economic Studies, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the decisions taken by the authorities in the Kingdom regarding the return of the workforce to government facilities and corporate headquarters would enable the economic sector to recover in a period that would not exceed three months, in light of expectations that a workforce of 9.8 million workers and employees would resume work normally.

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