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12 initiatives to increase women employment

11 April 17

Saudi Gazette

The remote employment and work from home program will help increase female representation in the workforce to 28 percent by 2020 through 12 initiatives, according to Amal Shaqir, consultant of the special programs agency in charge of the remote employment program.

The program is also expected to offer up to 141,000 jobs by 2020.
She noted that there are 12 initiatives and strategies that have been put forward to advance the labor market.

Majid Al-Inizi, executive manager of the human resource at Sila company for distance employment, said that people of different social layers have been keen to join this program.

Women are estimated to make up about 16 percent of the country’s workforce, according to 2015 estimates.

Women employees face a number of challenges like the absence of transportation, nurseries. They also have family responsibilities and obligations which prevent them from employment.

Employment opportunities are mainly concentrated in the three main regions: Riyadh, Makkah and the Eastern Province.
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