The Ministry of Labor plans to feminize all jobs suitable for women in the coming three years, ministry’s assistant undersecretary for development Dr. Fahd Al-Tekhaifi said in an interview to Okaz/Saudi Gazette.
As part of the third stage of the feminization scheme, the ministry is identifying the sectors suitable for women to work by creating proper conditions for them in the private sector, he said.
“This will be strictly in line with the regulations and conditions that ensure the job security and privacy,” he said, emphasizing that this was the focal point while allowing them to work in women’s wear shops as well as in factories, hyper markets and fun cities.
Al-Tekhaifi said that a woman with disabilities, who is capable of work, will be counted as four workers provided her salary is not less than SR3,000. He said the ministry is adopting several strategic plans and programs for dealing with low salaries besides implementing penalties on the firms violating the feminization of shops for women’s items.
He, however, clarified that jewelry shops do not come at present within the sphere of women’s accessory shops. But if the owner of the gold or silver shop wishes to employ women, then he should hire Saudi women. The shop’s environment should be suitable for women workers. They should provide their services to families or women only. Men who are not accompanied by their families should not enter such a shop.
Al-Tekhaifi said the penalties and measures against shops violating the feminization scheme vary. Violating shops will be subject to the red zone penalties and cessation of all services of the ministry. Also, the commercial register will be frozen or canceled. The penalties will be implemented gradually.
In an earlier statement Al-Tekhaifi said that jobs in more than 7,000 lingerie shops have been completely feminized.
He said the ministry is adamant in its stance that women should work in sections that are independent and completely secluded from men’s workplaces. He added that the ministry is considering a number of initiatives regarding women’s work, including working from home.
The undersecretary described working from home to be the most suitable for women and said it will be implemented in the next few months.
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