Regional telco giant Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is rapidly increasing the number of women employed at the Riyadh-based firm.
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The headcount wasn’t unique to STC. Saudi Arabia ranked four countries from last place among 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap study of how equally women participated in business, politics, health and education.
as well boosting the female workplace participation rate to 30% percent by 2030, is spurring changes across the economy, including at STC.
“In 2018 we have more than 200 Saudi female employees in various business segments in 42 cities in the Kingdom,” Al-Nasser told CEO Middle East in an interview this week.
“We just hired another 100 new female graduates this September as part of our ‘Talent Incubation’ programme and have also appointed our first female director.”
The change in working culture at one of Saudi Arabia’s largest organisations includes a range of initiatives to support “work agility”.
“We have recently introduced a telecommuting policy that allows people to work from home. We are also providing our female employees with a child care allowance as well as sponsoring female employees to get their driving licenses.
Changes at the organisation come at a time when it has been facing a number of external pressures. “Revenue-wise, a decline in unit prices, consumer spending, certain regulatory decisions, and the exodus of expatriates has put negatively impacted the industry’s top line,” said Nasser.
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