Ministry to tackle high rates of female employees quitting

In this Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, Saudi women leave a shopping mall.

In this Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, Saudi women leave a shopping mall.

Labor Minister Adel Fakeeh has announced that his ministry is addressing the issue of high quitting rates among females working at women’s stores.

The minister’s statement came on the sidelines of his visit to a women’s call center at Mobily in Jeddah.

“The Ministry of Labor is in the process of conducting specialized studies on the reasons behind high employee turnover at these shops and finding radical solutions to this problem,” he said.

“The ministry has closely coordinated with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) to train large numbers of Saudi women as retail personnel in a bid to quell turnover rates.”

He said the ministry is already developing programs in collaboration with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) to support female employment. Such support includes enhancing salaries and benefits.

“The ministry is also conducting several studies to highlight new employment prospects for Saudi women in the private sector. The findings of the studies will be announced as soon as they are ready.”

He pointed out that the Ministry of Labor submitted new draft laws to regulate women’s work in general, but ruled out the possibility of employing females at pharmacies.

“There are not enough female pharmacy graduates. Saudi women can, nevertheless, work at pharmaceuticals and pharmacies at the administrative and financial levels,” he said.


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