6 top, in-demand IT jobs in Saudi Arabia

As the Saudi economy recovers from the pandemic, government and private entities are pushing ahead on digital transformation efforts and certain IT roles, particularly in cloud, security and analytics, are very much in demand.

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As Saudi Arabia recovers from the pandemic, the good news for technology professionals is that IT spending in the kingdom is forecast to rise this year, and digital transformation efforts in private companies and government entities are expected to accelerate.

IT spending In Saudi Arabia will rise 4.2% this year to reach $11.1 billion, according to IDC. This is a continuation of the steady growth the IT sector has experienced over the years. IT is a key pillar of the country's digital transformation efforts outlined in its Vision 2030 strategy to diversify its economy and enhance public services. Despite economic turmoil caused by oil market turbulence and the coronavirus pandemic, technology jobs -- especially those related to core digital transformation efforts such as migration to cloud services -- are still in demand.

"Saudi Arabia's vision for a smart economy relies heavily on digital transformation initiatives, an area the government has always focused on and heavily invested in long before COVID-19. The ongoing pandemic has validated the country’s strategic direction, acting as a catalyst to spur the adoption of emerging technologies" said IDC regional director for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Hamza Naqshbandi, in a press release on the Saudi market.

Though Saudi Arabia has been feeling the effects across some sectors including aviation, retail and construction, the overall picture looks positive. The Kingdom’s General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) revealed in January that unemployment among Saudis reached 14.9% in the third quarter of 2020, down from 15.4% in the second quarter, while the overall unemployment rate for both Saudis and foreigners in the country dropped to 8.5%.

To further bolster the nation’s employment figures, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) launched a new  program in January, aimed to increase employment among Saudi citizens. The program partners with private sector organizations to provide job opportunities for 115,000 Saudis.

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