How Saudi Arabia pioneered the employment of women

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Getting women into jobs is one of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s most important goals.

According to the Saudi statistics agency, the participation rate for women rose from 19% in 2016 to 33% in 2020.

It’s a phenomenon, from the big cities to the more conservative provinces, you see women working as cashiers, waitresses, shop assistants, and even policewomen.

In a few sectors, however, men still dominate. For example, for every Saudi woman, there are approximately 18 Saudi men in the mining sector.

However, in areas like health, arts, and hospitality, the ratio is now one to one.

The Ministry of Culture is a good example of the far-reaching change in recent years.

In 2016 only a few women worked there, now 49% of the 667 employees are women.

And the proportion of women in the Saudi labour market will continue to rise over the next few years.

Author: own staff

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