Saudi Arabia’s digital employment programme will generate 561,000 jobs

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development is all set to generate more than 561,000 jobs in the private sector in the next four years, through its new digital employment initiative.

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The Kingdom’s new online platform, Qiwa, will present all the existing employment services of the country, along with at least 70 new services on a single electronic platform.

This digitalisation initiative will not only create more employment opportunities for men and women, but also attract international investment. In addition, it will go a long way in making the workplace more efficient and productive.

With the launch of Qiwa the Saudi government is moving fast towards the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to seven per cent. The new digitisation wave will also give a boost to local and international investments.

The services offered on the platform will be in English as well as Arabic, keeping in mind the convenience of foreign investors.

The new system will offer programmes that will encourage local men and women to access jobs in their vicinity, and also offer improved workplace environment to attract more localites.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development’s digital arm has been working to give a push to the labour market, ensure social development, empower human resources and also enhance the business infrastructure for some time now. It introduced several programmes for both employers and employees, including skill-building initiatives. It has also introduced an e-learning platform, as well as a teleworking programme to help provide job opportunities for women and the differently abled. It offers incentives to businesses that make their work environment friendly for the disabled.

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