Saudi women can work from home come January

Saudi women can work from home come January

Increasing female employment

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Saudi Arabia is slowly changing; first with women in government and now with a program to help women secure financial independence. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the inside story...

Starting from January 2016, women in Saudi Arabia can opt to work from home. As part of the official 'work from a distance program', women can now feel encouraged to take up employment without worrying about transportation problems, a common reason why women were deterred from seeking financial independence in the country.

An official source from the labour ministry has revealed that the program will initially be launched in seven cities — Hail, Qassim, Jazan, Najran, Al-Ahsa, Madinah and Arar — with plans to roll it out to over 40 different areas.

Under the program, business centres set up in the seven cities will oversee the employment of women from their homes with the hopes that these women can look forward to official work contracts within the private sector, including monthly salaries and other fringe benefits.

Saudi Arabia's 'work from a distance program' will see about 200,000 Saudi women gain employment by the private sector during the coming four years.

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