Transforming a workforce
Delivering an employability mandate in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabian nationals make up 70 percent of the country's population but only 10 to 12 percent of the private sector workforce. Recognizing this imbalance, King Abdullah made a commitment in March 2011 to increasing employment rates among nationals, as well as to opening the job market to women.
Invited to support this transformation by delivering a pilot employment services program, Deloitte Middle East teamed with Deloitte UK, which has a longstanding employability program, and with Ingeus, a top international provider of employability services. The group was soon engaged to establish five job placement centers, designed specifically for Saudi Arabia's needs.
Less than one year after opening, the centers had served over a million job seekers, including women. And Deloitte had met its target of finding employment for 40 to 50 percent of the centers' clientele.
The Job Placement Center (JPC) is not a standard employment agency, and implementing the nationwide employment project was no small feat. The speed at which this project was delivered, along with our drive to exceed our promised targets, truly demonstrates the firm's commitment to our communities, through supporting the issues of most importance for the advancement of the country."
Abdelhamid Suboh, Partner, Deloitte Middle East
Emerging markets are home to 87 percent of the world's youth. In 2010, youth unemployment was 25.5 percent in the Middle East, with higher rates among young women. The right skills matched with high quality employment opportunities are critical for businesses and key to sustainable social and economic development.World Youth Report, United Nations