Received: 2018-12-15  |  Accepted: 2019-03-10  |  Published: 2019-06-30

Title

Employment challenges in Saudi Arabia: an attitudinal study


Abstract

The urge to grow and oil price volatility lead Saudi Arabia to structurally reform itself. Among many things, this transformation calls for diversification away from oil and indigenization of the workforce. Saudi Arabia is one of the countries with considerable number of expatriate workers. The new policy is to replace expatriates with locals in various fields. Alas, are the Saudi students (prospective employees) ready to replace the expatriates in all the sectors? In this paper, the researchers tried to explore through a questionnaire the attitude of the students in replacing the expatriates with the help of Theory of Planned Behavior. In the process the study identifies the obstacles to overcome in order to achieve localization. The findings offer some insights to the academicians need to do more to prepare students for the workplace by providing basic skills and career orientation needed to succeed in private sector jobs after they graduate.


Keywords

labor market, saudization, theory of planned behavior, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)


JEL classifications

J01


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/309


DOI


Pages

1637-1646


Funding


This is an open access issue and all published articles are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Authors

Kumar, Nannapaneni Siva
K L University, Guntur, India https://www.kluniversity.in
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Haque, Mohammad Imdadul
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia https://psau.edu.sa
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Venugopal, Koppada
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia https://psau.edu.sa
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Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

6


Number

4


Issue date

June 2019


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

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