The number of working women has dramatically increased in Saudi Arabia during the last four years, a new report has revealed.
According to a report released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in March, the country's private sector registered a 130 percent increase in the number of working Saudi women during the last four years. Thirty percent of the total Saudi work force in the private sector is now represented by women, a Gulf News report said.
According to the report, Riyadh has the highest employment opportunities followed by Mecca. The government has expressed its willingness to increase the percentage of women in the Saudi total workforce to 28 percent by 2020. The government also reported more than 11 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia’s private sector.
Additionally, efforts to boost employment among women and graduates are still ongoing. Several projects have been initiated to tackle the challenge of transportation that women face while commting to work. There are projects that offer women the option to work from home, which is likely to generate over 140,000 jobs by 2020.