Seven Saudi job categories now open to expat women

Published:  2 Jan at 6 PM
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In a surprise move, the Saudi Ministry of Labour is to open seven business categories to expat women due to a lack of skilled local female labour.

After a survey of available female Saudi nationals in the fields of health, education, childcare, dressmaking and several other sectors had revealed no takers, the Saudi government has decided to open the posts to expat women. The plan will come into effect after its approval by the Human Resources Development Fund.

Female applicants must be willing to work full-time, have the specific qualifications and experience required by companies offering jobs and be within proscribed age limits. Positions within the education and health sectors will not be subject to age limits.

At the same time, Saudi owners and employers in the women’s accessories sector are urging the Saudi government to allow expat women to take jobs in stores selling lingerie. Foreign female employees would need, they say, to be part of the Saudization quotas applied to other commercial sectors.

According to companies in the sector, many businesses have been forced to close down due to the difficulty of finding Saudi female staff. Investors are also calling for a change in the present three-year implementation of 100 per cent feminisation of the workforce in lingerie stores, as Saudi women are not willing to take jobs in the sector.
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