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Saudi Arabia Has 1,667 Illiterate Managers – Report | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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RIYADH (Reuters) – Almost 1,700 managers and managing directors in Saudi Arabia are illiterate, a newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a government survey.

About a fifth of the 1,667 illiterate managers and managing directors in the world’s biggest oil exporter are foreigners, al-Hayat newspaper said quoting results of the survey led by the Economy and Planning Ministry’s statistics department.

The survey showed that 70 percent of some 535,000 illiterate workers in the desert kingdom were non-Saudis.

Saudi Arabia relies heavily on labourers from predominantly non-Arab countries to essentially perform blue-collar jobs that the indigenous population deems too lowly.