Almost three quarters of Saudis favour entrepreneurship over employment, according to a new survey, it was reported.
It also found four in 10 respondents agreed that unemployment was a significant issue in the kingdom.
The survey by job website Bayt.com and research and consulting company YouGov Siraj found 75 percent of respondents aged 35 or younger would prefer to have their own business rather than being employed.
The figure was similar for people aged 35 and older with 72 percent of respondents saying they would consider entrepreneurship, the Saudi Gazette reported.
The survey found younger respondents would like to retire earlier than those aged 35 and above, with 19 percent hoping to retire before they turn 50.
Half want to retire between 50 to 60 years, with 31 percent looking to retire after they turn 60.
The survey found 93 percent of respondents aged 35 and over were the chief wage earner in their family, with 66 percent of those under 35 maintaining the same role.
Though the majority are independent, roughly a third of all respondents in Saudi said they relied, to some extent, on money from their family as supplementary income.
The survey found personal income allowed a majority of respondents in Saudi to live comfortably, according to 50 percent of those aged below 35 and 55 percent of those aged 35 and up.
However, for a quarter of respondents their current income allowed them to only just get by, with 14 percent of respondents finding it difficult to meet their expenses with their current pay.