(MENAFN - Arab News) One thousand jobs are available weekly for women in various institutions and firms of the private sector through the Taqat program, Maha Khalid Al-Otaibi, director of the program's Riyadh branch, told Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper.
"There are 1.3 million applicants in the Hafiz program to be transferred to the second stage, the Taqat employment stage, managed by the Human Resources Development Fund, for the employment of job seekers," she said, adding that the applicants' qualifications ranged between master's and Ph.D.s.
Commenting on accusations by a number of Hafiz program beneficiaries who had been transferred to Taqat that the program presented low-level jobs, she said: "There is no such thing as an inferior job, as long as it doesn't make you bow and ask for financial help."
She explained that vacancies provided by Taqat came according to standards and qualifications that fit the applicants across the Kingdom, pointing out that the program employed women in deanship positions at universities, as well as teachers and recruiting officials and a number of other leadership positions.
"Thousands of Saudi men and women have been employed through Taqat," said Al-Otaibi, stressing that unqualified women could benefit from Hafiz as well, as there is a wide variety of jobs in the program, such as administrators, customer service employees, teachers, production supervisors, quality controllers, nursery supervisors, showroom directors, call center marketers and security and recruitment officials.