Community Jameel helps create more than 26,500 jobs for women in Saudi Arabia
Community Jameel’s Bab Rizq Jameel Female Employment initiative helped create and find jobs for 26,634 women in Saudi Arabia last year.
The 2016 figure takes the total number of jobs created by BRJ Female Employment since 2007 to 121,529, with projects and initiatives undertaken in 96 cities and villages.
Western Region was particularly strong last year with 9,047 women gaining employment, mainly in administrative and retail positions. Eastern Region generated 7,610 jobs, mostly in telework, manufacturing, and customer service.
BRJ helped provide 3,738 jobs for women in Northern Region, 3,637 in Southern Region, and 2,602 in Central Region.
By far the most successful 2016 initiative for female employment was the telework programme that provides work from home or at telework centres and integrated services centres. This sector alone accounted for 5,556 new jobs. This was followed by the full-time sector programme that provided 4,583 female jobs.
The retail sector programme expanded its scope in 2016 to embrace clerical and administrative work alongside sales positions and helped create 3,901 jobs. The factory and production programme generated 3113 jobs.
The number of employment opportunities achieved by women after completing a Bab Rizq Jameel training programme was 851 – mainly in sales, marketing, graphic design, and mobile phone maintenance.
Further 2016 programmes included seasonal work (2344 jobs) part-time (1,391), tourism and hospitality (1,543), health (743), and volunteer (2,609).
Commenting on the 2016 results, Ms Rola Basamad, general director of Bab Rizq Jameel Female Employment, said: “The past year was very productive year for us at all levels. We were delighted to pass the milestone of creating 100,000 jobs for women by April last year, and our work continues to build and grow. We celebrated our achievements for 2016 while participating in a special event organised by LinkedIn in Riyadh.”
Bab Rizq Jameel Female Employment continued to spread awareness of its efforts to increase the number of women in the Saudi workforce by participating in events such as Bastah Market, CYM Forum, Eta'am, ConnectIn Saudi Arabia, and telecommunications Saudisation, also entering into strategic partnerships with public and private universities targeting female students.