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130% spike in Saudi women joining workforce
July 6, 2017, 2:22 pm

 The number of Saudi women joining the workforce saw a dramatic increse in the last four years, latest official data show. A based on figures provided by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in March, the number of Saudi women working in the private sector has increased by 130 percent in the last four years. From 215,000 in 2012, the number of women in the private sector jumped to 496,000 in 2016, an average of 8,500 jobs per month.

Women now represent 30 percent of the total Saudi work force in the private sector, up from just 12 percent in 2011, the study said. Riyadh has the highest figure in employment opportunities for Saudi women with 203,600 jobs, representing 41 percent of the total number.

Makkah in western Saudi Arabia follows with 106,800 jobs (21.5 percent) well ahead of the Eastern Province with 56,400 jobs (11.4 percent). Around 5,800 women are working in Jazan in the south of the kingdom, representing 1.2 percent of the labour force in the private sector. Their number was 4,900 in 2012.

The ministry is working on increasing the percentage of women in the Saudi total workforce to 28 percent by 2020.

Source: Gulf News


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