Saudi Arabia, one of the fastest growing countries in the world is the largest Arab country in the Middle East. The expansion of various sectors like healthcare, banking, real estate, tourism and telecom has created thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. The healthcare sector of the state has been employing large number of medical professionals from across the world. Saudi Arabia has a national healthcare system i.e. it is the government of the Kingdom that provides medical services to the people. But the participation of private players can be seen increasing with time to support the government in extending healthcare facilities to the citizens.
MOH or Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia, a major government agency that works on preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare provides major medical facilities throughout the country. It looks after the management, planning, financing and regulating of the sector and is greatly involved in the overall supervision & follow-up of activities in the private sector. With a strong base of hospitals both general and specialist, MOH is an important National Health Service (NHS) along with 3 others- The Ministry of Defense and Aviation (MODA), the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). Healthcare jobs in Saudi Arabia are apparently on a rise with privatization of the sector and their increased controlling. A significant fraction of manpower in Saudi Arabia comes from other countries in Middle East and South Asia. With healthcare industry growing steadily, medical jobs in Saudi Arabia are also increasing in numbers for well qualified and experienced professionals. Since, medical services are provided not only to Saudis but also to expats in the public sector in form of benefits, it covers almost the entire population thereby raising the need for medical experts.
From pharmaceutical jobs to vacancies for doctors and nurses, the country offers career opportunities to all kinds of specialists in the field. The Finance Ministry spends over 11% of the Government budget on public health that includes paying salaries, maintenance of medical infrastructure, the upcoming projects and other such things. The division of funding on health related activities goes like this- almost 80% for public sector and remaining for private. The immense expenditure on maintaining health has produced some great results in terms of health status, demography, etc. For instance, the growth rate of population and total fertility rate of Saudi Arabia is not only highest in the Gulf region but is also in top three in the Middle East North Africa (MENA). Also, the IMR (Infant Mortality Ratio) in the Kingdom is lowest in the MENA region and 2nd lowest in entire Middle East. Similarly, while its MMR (Maternal Mortality Ratio) is among the lowest in the region, the life expectancy at birth is 2nd highest in the Gulf. According to a recent RNCOS research report ‘Saudi Arabian Healthcare Market Forecast to 2012', the medical device industry of the Kingdom is growing at a rate of 12%. With such achievements in its kitty, the healthcare sector of the country is definitely undergoing massive improvements. But since it is the manpower that supports the boom in an industry, the numbers of medical jobs in Saudi Arabia is growing with its important cities like Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Mecca and Medina hiring maximum expatriates. The foreign companies find lucrative opportunities for investment in Saudi healthcare segment, in fact, it is UK's 23rd largest export market. In addition to this, it is the largest trading partner and export market in the Middle East for UK. Jobs in Saudi Arabia pay handsomely and the country offers a relaxing lifestyle to the migrants.