The number of internet searches in the UK for construction jobs in Saudi Arabia has soared by 293% year on year, according to the online tradesperson marketplace, Rated People. It warned that “a better quality of life and enhanced career opportunities are driving UK tradespeople to seek work abroad”, with Saudi Arabia emerging as a possible destination of interest alongside Australia.
The surge in interest in Saudi Arabia comes amid an unprecedented wave of investment there in so-called giga projects, such as the from-scratch NEOM economic development zone and the extensive Red Sea tourism schemes. According to the US-Saudi Business Council, the value of awarded contracts catapulted to $51.3bn in 2022, a 35% percent jump compared to 2021.
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