(MENAFN - Arab News) Rola Basamad, general director of Bab Rizq Jameel (BRJ) Female Employment, announced that job opportunities created for women during the first quarter of 2012 have increased by more than 300 percent compared to last year.
While BRJ created 929 jobs for women during first quarter 2011, the number jumped to 2,922 during the same period this year. Basamad said the reason behind this leap is the decision made by the Ministry of Labor to employ women. The ministry's initiatives have been put into action at the beginning of this year, with the western region gaining the biggest share in created job opportunities, Basamad added.
She said companies gave a highly positive response and made great efforts to coordinate with BRJ in terms of providing job descriptions for vacancies, making appointments for interviewing candidates and signing employment contracts.
Basamad highlighted the effective role of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) in supporting the salaries of women employees, which was a vital factor in motivating companies to employ them.
According to Basamad, BRJ is cooperating with the Ministry of Labor and the HRDF to receive applications from companies. Among the companies that provided jobs were Nask Real Estate Projects, Americana, Kamal Othman Jamjoom Co., Hyper Panda, Al Shayei, Itisal International, Smart Link and many others.
On the other hand, companies were satisfied with the performance of women and their sense of creativity. "I would like to add that the Saudi woman is characterized with her broad mind, perfection and willingness to face challenges. I am confident that the women will show top performance with support from the government and the private sector," Basamad added.