Women in Saudi Arabia can now work as drivers, home guards

Domestic workers, including women, can now take up jobs as private tutors, home tailors, personal care workers and so on


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has given its approval to 13 new professions that can be taken up by domestic labour. What is even better is that these professions can be taken up by women too. In fact, KSA has allowed women to be hired as drivers. This is clearly a step in the right direction.

Interestingly, as per data from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD), women’s labour participation in the KSA has touched a record 37 per cent.

The Ministry has brought out a list of 13 new jobs available to domestic job seekers, including women, for which they can apply via the electronic platform called Musaned. The move is expected to give a much-required boost to the domestic labour market.

The 13 new professions include that of private tailor, personal care worker, home guard, home attendant, home coffee-maker, home farmer, house manager, support worker, private driver, personal assistant, and private speech and hearing specialist.

It is hoped that the Musaned platform will help regulate the labour market, and assist people to become more aware of their rights and duties. It will also provide information on services pertaining to visa issuance, job applications and employer-employee contracts.

It has been made mandatory for contracts to be drawn via the Musaned platform, which is now the official hiring platform for KSA. The platform offers a feature using which employers/hiring managers can sort applications by profession, gender and nationality.

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