The General Authority for Statistics revealed that the total spending on research and development amounted to 14.5 billion riyals, while the number of workers in this field reached 30,220, and the number of researchers reached 24,808 researchers during 2021, according to what was shown in the latest research and development statistics bulletin.
According to the results of the report, the government sector was ahead of other sectors in spending on research and development by 50% of the total expenditure, followed by the private sector by 35%, while at the level of the education sector, the percentage of spending reached 15%.
The report stated that the workers in the educational sector achieved the largest percentage in the field of research and development, as the percentage of workers reached 83% with 25,178 workers. As for the government sector, the number of workers reached 2,967 workers, or 10% of the total number of workers in the field of research and development. The private sector ranked last in terms of the number of workers in the field of research and development, with 2,075 workers, or 7% in 2021.
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