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Saudi private sector female workforce hits record 900,000

The glass ceiling has been shattered as the number of female Saudi workers in the kingdom’s private sector soared past the impressive milestone of 900,000 in May, reported the Gulf News.

It’s a clear sign of Saudi Arabia’s unwavering commitment to empowering women and fostering their active participation in the job market.

Women employees made up around 37 per cent of the labour market in Saudi Arabia last year. No breakdown was given about the sectors where the females are working.

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has vigorously pursued a drive to empower women in different walks of life as part of dramatic changes in the Kingdom.

In 2018, the kingdom allowed women to drive for the first time in its history, ending a decades-old ban on female driving.

In another move enhancing women’s empowerment, Saudi Arabia allowed women to travel without a male guard’s approval and to apply for a passport, easing long-time controls on them.


Two female ambassadors were among 11 Saudi envoys, who took the oath of office before King Salman bin Abdulaziz in January.

Saudi Arabia has in recent years launched a series of initiatives to employ its nationals and replace foreign workers in several fields including education, telecommunications and real estate as part of a labour policy known as “Saudisation”.

Saudis employed by the private sector have topped 2 million for the first time, a labour official said last month.



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