Saudi women occupy only 13 percent of private and public positions occupied by nationals despite accounting for 51 percent of Saudi graduates, according to statistics from the Central Department of Statistics and Information.
The department’s statistics included candidates graduating from both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and from universities in the Kingdom and abroad, the Makkah daily reported.
The statistics also show that 64 percent of bachelor’s degree graduates from public and private universities in the Kingdom in 2010, 2011 and 2012 were women.
Experts attribute the low proportion of Saudi women in the Saudi workforce to social customs and inappropriate working environments for female staff in some sectors.
Nawaf al-Dhabib, an expert at the Arab Society for Human Resources Management, said the concept of women working in society was still relatively new.
He said: “It is not an accurate comparison to compare men and women graduates at this stage in our societal development.
“Many unemployed women graduates choose to stay at home. We need the official authorities to intervene in order to open up women’s employment to all sectors of the Kingdom.”
He added that nowadays women want to support their families with their income and bonuses, a social trend that did not exist before.
“The income of both wife and husband has become essential to the household. This will encourage women to go out to work and will mobilize the current job market in the Kingdom to be more accepting of women.”
In his view, the services and medical sectors will provide the most jobs for women, especially with the Ministry of Health’s new expansion projects.
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