Saudi Arabia's food, accommodation sector see 11% drop in workforce

Published 12 Sep,2021 via Arab News - Economy RIYADH - The number of workers in the accommodation and food services activities sector dropped by 11 percent, or 46,000 quarter-on-quarter, to 386,400 in the first quarter of 2021, the General Authority for Statistics data showed.

The number of Saudis working in the sector declined 13 percent, or 12,000 workers, to 78,300, accounting for 20 percent of the industry’s total workforce in the first quarter of 2021, Argaam reported.

Meanwhile, the number of non-Saudi workers, representing 80 percent of the sector's total workforce, also fell 10 percent, or nearly 34,000, to 308,100 workers in Q1 of the current year.

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