Female employment rate in Saudi Arabia inches upwards

Saudi Arabia's private sector sees an increase in the number of working Saudi women in the second quarter of 2018.
By: | November 12, 2018


The General Statistics Authority in Saudi Arabia has released data that shows female participation in the workforce has increased by 8.8% this year.

The report said the number of female Saudi workers grew to 593,400 at the end of the second quarter, up from 545,400 during the same period last year.

In the private sector, this accounted for 6.3% of employment, out of a total workforce of 9.37 million.

In a bid to address the high unemployment rate among Saudis, the Saudi Ministry of Labour recently launched a series of employment initiatives within the National Transition Program.

The Ministry’s objective is to increase the number of jobs available for its citizens from 1.8 million when the program first started to 3 million by 2020.

The program also aims to lower the unemployment rate from 12.3% to 9%, as well as increase the amount of women in the workforce from 22% to 28% by 2020.