Roles in Saudi Arabia (Part 2)


Sarah Peddie

In different countries around the world there are certain roles that are in more demand than others due to the variety of health issues surrounding different countries. Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we take a look at what roles are most in demand in the countries that our clients are based in.

In this article, we will take a look at what medical roles are in demand in Saudi Arabia and why these roles are attractive to doctors all over the world.

Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

The healthcare system in Saudi Arabia provides free healthcare services through government agencies to residents of the Kingdom. The private sector is now also a growing department and there is an increased role for its participation in providing health services. Saudi Arabia has now been ranked in the top 26 countries in the world providing high quality healthcare.

Public sector expats along with Saudi nationals are eligible for a comprehensive package of benefits which include public health, preventive, diagnostic, and curative services and pharmaceuticals. State of the art cardio-vascular procedures, organ transplants, and cancer treatments are covered. Employers usually cover the benefits package of private sector expats. 

Healthcare is one of the main focus points of the Vision 2030 where the aim is to steer the economy away from hydrocarbons and increase participation of the private sector throughout industries in the Kingdom. Both local and international investments are encouraged to put in places like the healthcare industry in the country. 

Doctors in Saudi Arabia

There is still a shortage in the local medical workforce even though there has been an increase in education and training in Saudi Arabia. According to the Ministry of Health in 2016, there were 24,000 Saudi national doctors (including dentists) in the country. 

Expat doctors make up around 73 percent of the total workforce in the Kingdom (2016). However, there are now plans in place to ‘Saudise’ the healthcare system and Saudi authorities will not renew employment contracts of expatriate health employees who have passed 10 years of service in the Kingdom. The plan is to gradually replace expats with Saudi employees to help ‘Saudise’ the health sector in the Kingdom. 

Roles in Saudi Arabia

1 - General Surgeon

General Surgeons are highly trained and highly skilled professionals. They are leaders of multidisciplinary teams, hospitals and healthcare systems as their care places emphasis on the whole patient. The kind of care they carry out ranges from general surgery, oncology, transplant and trauma.

2 - Anaesthetist

A medical professional in anaesthesia will treat a patient before, during and after surgery. Anaesthesiologists are also experts in resuscitation, pain management and intensive care. 

In 2012, the total number of anaesthetists in Saudi Arabia was 300 - 145 of those were actually practicing and the rest were in local and international training programmes.

3 - Radiologist

Radiology is a speciality of medicine where images of the body’s organs are interpreted in order to diagnose disease. Radiologists have specialised training so they can interpret the images and give reports to surgeons, pediatricians, obstetricians and internists to work as a team and provide the best healthcare possible.

In 2016, the total number of radiologists that were working in Saudi Arabia was over 2,200 - 860 of those were working for the Ministry of Health, 904 in the private sector and 522 in other governmental industries. 

If you are thinking about moving to Saudi Arabia to work then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you along the way!