04 Oct 2023

Last update 12 / 07 / 2023

Structural Business Statistics Survey


Survey’s name


It is considered one of the most important economic statistics conducted by GASTAT, as this survey provides statistics on establishments that are engaged in various economic activities along with the structure of the economic sector in Saudi Arabia. These statistics include the number of employees and their compensation, expenses, revenues, and capital formation.


About the survey 

  • Provide data on economic activities to prepare indicators in order to identify growth rates for each economic activity.

  • Identify the size of each economic activity's contribution to the economic development process.

  • Identify the participation of small and medium-sized establishments (SMEs) in the economy and measure their contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP).


Key concepts 


Primary economic activity :

The economic activity of any establishment is defined as all business or services that are done or provided by an establishment in return for consideration. Establishments sometimes do not receive a return on their business as in the case of charities which rely on donations. In case the establishment has two economic activities or more, the most profitable economic activity is selected. The economic activity classification of establishments is based on the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC Rev.4).


Average number of wage-workers:

 It refers to people who receive a salary for their work in the establishment, whether they are Saudi or non-Saudi, male or female, and whether they are employers or other workers. This includes employees who are entitled to paid leave. To calculate the average number of employees, the total number of employees at the end of each month of the year is divided by the number of months in that year.



Employee’s compensation :


The due regular amounts paid by the establishment to its workers throughout the year, such as wages and salaries payable in consideration of the normal working hours, fixed bonuses together with all benefits and allowances such as accommodation, social insurance or transport allowances.  In addition to social insurance and pension premium, board member remuneration, and the added to the severance provision.


Commodity requirements :


The values of all local and imported goods supplies used by the establishment either in productive goods installation (such as raw materials), or the goods required for their production. It also includes the values of stationery, spare parts, fuel, oils, electricity and water consumption costs ... etc.


Cost of merchandise purchased for the purpose of trade:

 It is the value of goods purchased during the year for the purpose of reselling them in in the same condition.


Service requirements :

 The values of all service requirements that the establishment uses including post office and telephone costs, training and secondment costs, travel costs, machines and equipment rent costs, premises and non-agricultural lands rent costs, and what the establishment pay for legal consultations or for services provided by others ... etc.,


Total revenue:

 It includes all collected or due revenue, such as operating revenue (revenue of production, trade, and services.





What is the main objective of the survey?

  • To provide data on economic activities to prepare indicators that help identify growth rates for each economic activity.

  • To identify the size of each economic activity's contribution to the economic development process.

  • To identify the contribution of SMEs in the economy and measure their contribution to the GDP.


How long does it take to complete the questionnaire?

It takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire.


Who is the preferred (proposed) employee to complete the questionnaire?

The employee who is in charge for reports, financial statements, and payroll disclosure (company accountant).


Privacy policy


Data privacy, safety, and security :

The General Authority for Statistics places the confidentiality of the data collected and processed at the top of the priority list, in accordance with the kingdom’s Law of National Statistics, issued by Royal Decree No.: (23) dated 7/12/1379 AH, as well as in accordance with international standards. GASTAT implements surveys and censuses, conducts studies and researches, analyzes and documents data and information for development purposes and strategic planning.


Purpose of privacy notice :

The Privacy Notice was prepared to understand how the personal data collected are handled and to understand the purpose of the data collection and processing. It is necessary for you to be aware of how GASTAT uses your personal data, and your rights regarding the processing of your personal data, in accordance with the relevant regulations and legislation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Responsibility :

The data provider must constantly review the “Privacy Notice” to ensure if there are any updates to it, bearing in mind that GASTAT is not obligated and required to announce any updates made to this notice. Providing you with the data signifies your acceptance of its accuracy and your knowledge of it.


What are the collected personal data?

Various types of personal data and information is collected, which cover all aspects of life in the Kingdom: (demographic, social, economic, environmental, and cultural), including but not limited to:

Full name, age/date of birth, sex, address, contact information (e.g.: email address and phone numbers), ID number, marital status, current job information, previous job information, information about dependents/spouse//family.


How are the personal data collected?

Personal data is collected and obtained "directly or indirectly", through the use of various methods, and may include:

       Direct methods of obtaining personal data:


Does GASTAT share personal data?

No, as GASTAT is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal data for all residents of the Kingdom and does not publish it. GASTAT follows the data sharing controls approved by the regulatory entities as well. It is also committed to applying strict and firm measures for data confidentiality and non-disclosure.


Why does GASTAT collect and use personal data?

Through collecting data, GASTAT aims to produce official statistics that serve the public interest. This means that any personal data collected, whether about the same person or on behalf of another person, will be used for statistical purposes and to produce official statistics.


Cookies data, Cookies collect data on how you use GASTAT website, including the date and time of your visit, and the type of the Internet browser you use. Indirect methods of obtaining personal data: Field visit to the household or establishment by GASTAT employees or representatives. A phone call by GASTAT employees through the Statistical phone # (920020018). Self-enumeration for individuals and establishments through GASTAT website.


Start and end date of data collection 


Start of data collection: 07/05/2023

End of data collection: 22/06/2023


Data collection tools


  • Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI)
  • Computer-Assisted Web Interviewing (CAWI)
  • Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)


Questionnaire link 




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