Saudi Aramco and Tata Consultancy Services on Sunday inaugurated Saudi Arabia’s first all-female business process service centre which aims to create thousands of new jobs by 2017.
The Riyadh-based centre, which is supported by the Human Resources Development Fund Programs, will offer customers finance and accounting, HR, materials supply and office services to improve their operational efficiency.
The 3,200 square metre facility will create up to 3,000 local jobs for Saudi women within the next three years, a statement said.
It added that the centre will complement Saudi Arabia's localisation targets, and will strengthen local job creation and economic diversification.
The Saudi government has taken several measures to encourage the employment of more women in the private sector, such as paying half the salaries of workers, increasing the minimum wage of teachers to SR5,000 ($1,333) and provided them each a SR600 transport allowance per month.
The ministry has also launched an awareness campaign to encourage more women to enter the work force, particularly the private sector.
Announced in September 2013, around 300 employees have been recruited for the first phase of the initiative.
Saudi Aramco president and CEO Khalid Al Falih said: “The first all-female business process service center in Saudi Arabia brings significant value to the Saudi economy and society.
"It helps address the challenge of creating jobs for talented and skilled Saudi female graduates, establishes a more diverse workforce, and boosts the competitiveness of Saudi Arabia.”
Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD of TCS, added: “Skills, talent and technology converge at the first all-female business process service centre, which marks a new era for the IT and business process services industry in the kingdom.”
Saudi Aramco and GE are the initial clients of the centre. Both organisations have already surpassed their targets of hiring over 100 women each and also transferred business services to the centre.