Thousands of new jobs to be created for Saudi women

Ministry of Justice to recruit females for the first time in five different roles

Saudi Arabia’s Job Creation and Employment Commission (JCEC) is planning to integrate women into four different sectors of the labour market, amounting to up to 70,000 jobs, it has been reported.

Speaking at the 10th Jeddah Human Resource Forum, JCEC senior executive Abdullah Al Harbi said that by 2030 there would be up to 10,000 jobs in marketing and advertising that could be made available to women, 29,000 in computer programming, 20,000 in pharmacies and 11,000 in accounting, according to Zawya.com.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is to recruit female employees for the first time.

Last week, it was announced that the “eighth-rank” positions on offer included social researcher, Sharia researcher, legal researcher and administrative assistant, before a fifth was announced – senior software developer – by justice minister Dr Waleed bin Muhammad Al-Sama’ani this week.

All five roles require a Master’s degree in relevant fields.

According to the MOJ, the directive is “in line with the Ministry’s focus on technology and digital transformation”. Al-Sama’ani stressed that the Ministry was keen to enable the recruitment of Saudi women, since they would be able to “greatly help” in serving female clients in judicial and certification fields.

“Female candidates will work in female sections of courts and notary departments in the following areas: reception and information, management of case statements and dates, reconciliation and family counselling units at personal status courts, as well as to-be-established departments for dealing with complaints from female clients,” read the announcement by the MOJ.

Last month, the Saudi Press Agency announced that Saudi women would be able to run female clothing stories in the Kingdom, following the implementation of the third phase of a decision to “feminise” such outlets.

Saudi females are also being trained to work in air traffic control. State-owned Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) is now offering theoretical and practical training to 80 women annually.

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