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Number of Saudi Women in Leadership Positions Surges to 1,707

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development reports a record number of Saudi women in key positions.

Mai El Mokadem

Number of Saudi Women in Leadership Positions Surges to 1,707

The number of women leaders in Saudi Arabia's labor market has reached 1,707. This number exceeds the Vision 2030 target of 1,000 women in key positions, as highlighted in a recent report by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD).


The HRSD's report reveals that the leadership training and guidance initiative for women cadres has contributed to this achievement, such as the ‘Developing Productive Projects for Those Who Want to Practice Self-Employment’ program. This program has benefited approximately 320 women in 2023 alone, surpassing the target of 310 beneficiaries.


Saudi women have made notable strides in the labor market over the past few years. In 2017, women constituted 21.2% of the labor market; by 2023, this figure had climbed to 34%. The rate of economic participation among women more than doubled, from 17 percent to 35.5% during the same period. Additionally, the percentage of women in middle and senior administrative positions rose from 28.6% to 43.8%. 


The HRSD report also highlights the broader impact of the Saudization efforts. In 2023, Saudization in highly skilled jobs reached 39.6%, exceeding the target of 36% and bringing the goal of 40% by 2025 within close reach.


In the realm of training and skill development, the Ministry has completed the phases of the parallel training project for 2023-2024, with 15,000 female trainees achieving a 100% completion rate. 


Overall, more than 16,000 trainees participated in 49 high-skilled sector programs under the Skills Accelerator Program, covering industries such as tourism, retail, manufacturing, logistics, health, energy, ICT, and financial services.


Moreover, the transformation initiatives have empowered a significant number of Saudi women. About 234,000 women have benefited from the Wusool transportation support program, and 1.6 million from the vocational guidance initiative for school students.


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