Women say they are treated less favorably when it comes to salary, benefits and career progression. Discrimination at workplace remains a challenge for women in the region.
According to a survey carried out last year by Bayt.com, a leading job site, on the ‘Status of Working Women in the Middle East', respondents said while men and women received equal opportunity during recruitment and selection, training and development, advice and support, women felt they were treated less favorably when it comes to salary, benefits and career progression.
Majority of women surveyed said they have the same chances of getting into the job like their male colleagues; however, when it came to pay, benefits and promotions, women felt they were getting the short end of the stick on majority of those outputs.
The survey also showed women faced unfair sponsorship rules that prevented them from sponsoring their children. This prevented them from getting benefits that male colleagues enjoyed, such as education allowance, insurance and other allowances for their children.