80pc job seekers in Saudi are women, says report
JEDDAH (Saudi Arabia), 9 days ago
Women constituted over three quarters of job seekers in Saudi Arabia, according to a report covering the last quarter of 2016.
Women represented 80.6 per cent of registered job seekers, indicating a problem in accommodating a qualified female workforce in both the public and private sectors, reported Arab News citing data from the General Authority for Statistics.
The report revealed that women continue to search for jobs up to the age of retirement, given that 3,488 women aged 57 to 66 were still registered as job seekers. There were only 167 male job seekers in the same age group, it stated.
Abdulrahman Al Rashed, head of the economy and energy committee of the Shoura Council, said obstacles include the fact women are prevented from occupying some positions, as well as logistical issues, according to Al Watan.
Although the Ministry of Labor and Social Development has been working on encouraging women’s employment through legislation, many are still unemployed, Al Rashed reportedly said.
Al Rashed is however optimistic about the future. He said that boosting the female workforce is an essential part of the Vision 2030 reform plan.
Women’s contribution to the economy is significant and is further growing given the short period of time since women entered the labor market, he added.
The number of private-sector Saudi female employees registered at the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) reached 496,800 by the end of the third quarter of 2016.
This marks a 144.62 per cent increase from the 203,088 jobs that were occupied by women at the end of 2012, the report added.