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I have written previously about working generations but the problem was that the working generations were focused mainly on people in the United States of America. Therefore, I have dedicated adequate time to focus on this matter. And as a result, I ended up with “A Century in Saudi’s Labor Market”.
Saudi Arabia has the world’s second-largest oil reserves and the sixth-largest natural gas reserves and is an Arab Islamic state, the largest country in the Arabian peninsula situated at the strategic crossroads of three continents Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is home to several human civilizations and the cradle of the heavenly messages. The capital of Saudi Arabia is Riyadh. The Kingdom is renowned for the sacred sites of Islam. The Two Holy Mosques of Makkah Al Mukarramah and Al Madinah Al Munawwarah are the destinations of millions of Muslims annually for Hajj and Umrah in addition to visiting several other sites of Islamic significance.
Saudi Arabia is home to several events noticeable in the History of Civilization, whether be in pre-Islam eras, or during the dawn of Islam or afterward. Among these noted events is the Establishment and Unification of the Kingdom by King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud. Saudi Arabia is considered the World First in Oil Production and Reserves. Thus I have looked at the Saudis and how they work in the private sector, I have written this as an article back in March of 2014, and the feedback that I received was incredible (both positive and negative). Therefore, I thought to expand on the research and publish it accordingly.
Additionally, I would like to shed light on some aspects that have been raised upon the release of the original article:
- This study is an individual research work I have done myself through an experienced analysis in Psychology, behaviors, personalities and socio-economical factors. Data mentioned are based on in-depth research, and opinions are based on analysis and understanding.
- The study is focused on the people who were -and still are- interested and involved in the workforce of the private sector in Saudi Arabia.
- The segmentation is based on the year of entering the workforce and is due to the fact that before the 1990s, the age variant of people entering the workforce is too high.
- This is NOT meant to be a comprehensive study, nor set in stone. It is a starting point, I have only scratched the surface. Hopefully, interested parties would build upon the research accordingly.
- Citation: Unlike academic research papers, any/all citations/references for this research are hyperlinked and embedded for ease of use (example of an underlined hyperlinked reference/citation).
To avoid confusion and to have everything presented in an organized fashion, please find below the articles accordingly:
The original article: A Century in the Saudi Labor Market
1st Generation: Pre-Oil Generation
This was the generation that entered the workforce before the oil was found (1938).
2nd Generation: Oil Generation
This was the generation that entered the workforce during the oil era of Saudi Arabia (1938 to 1960)
3rd Generation: Aramco Generation
This was the generation that entered the workforce during the first economic boom of Saudi Arabia A.K.A. “Tafrah”(1960 to 1980)
4th Generation: Boomer Generation A.K.A. Tafrah Generation
This was the generation that entered the workforce age exactly after the first economic boom of Saudi Arabia A.K.A. “Tafrah” (1980 to 1990)
5th Generation: Gulf War Generation A.K.A Sahwa Generation
This was the generation that entered the workforce age during (and after) the gulf war (1990 to 2000)
6th Generation: Millennial Generation
This was the generation that entered the workforce age after the new millennium (2000 to 2010)
7th Generation: Scholarship Generation
This is the generation that has entered the workforce age during (and after) the Arab spring (2010 to 2020)