Since late 2014 AD, women in Saudi Arabia have been occupying the labor market in fields that were not available to them before. They have assumed senior positions in the financial sector, private sector institutions and companies, and government sectors, and entered the field of sports, organizing conferences, and others. This contributed to the emergence of official remote work laws in the Kingdom. Since 2015 AD and until now, Saudi Arabia has noticeably increased the number of Saudi women working in the private sector, due to the advantages this service provides to establishments in localizing jobs within them, and raising the efficiency of work for individuals due to the flexibility it provides in the work environment, and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development stated,
The percentage of women’s participation in the Saudi labor market is about 34%, with Saudi female employees making up about 19.6%.
One of the goals of women’s work is to raise economic participation in the labor market to reach 25% by 2020, pointing to ten initiatives launched by the Ministry that emphasize the importance of women’s role, including:
- Encouraging remote work and flexible work
- Raising awareness of the importance of women’s participation in the labor market
- Leadership training and guidance for female cadres
In mid-2016, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presented an economic vision with the aim of diversifying the economy and stopping total dependence on oil, based mainly on supporting the tourism and entertainment sectors and involving millions of women in the labor market while reducing the restrictions of the guardianship system. The Kingdom was one of the first countries to ratify On the conventions and protocols supporting women’s rights, stemming from its concern for women’s rights and empowerment in the Kingdom
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development also launched 68 initiatives that support women’s rights at work, including partnerships with the private sector to support the employment of Saudis in leadership professions and coordination with government agencies in reviewing regulations. To provide a work environment that preserves women’s rights, and remove any obstacles to enabling them to integrate into the labor market.