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Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Manal Ghazwan manages a Starbucks branch located in Saudi capital Riyadh that serves both men and women. Ghazwan, 30, who has a master's degree in food safety management, is the manager of a Starbucks branch located in the Riyadh head office of Alshaya Company, which operates the franchise of the American brand in the Middle East.
Saudi women train to become baristas at the Starbucks headquarters in Riyadh. They are among the trendsetting Saudis moving away from lucrative government jobs to compete for posts in the private sector, and challenging gender roles along the way.
But Ghazwan and her team are unique, in that they serve a clientele of both men and women. Badr Aljalajel opened his coffee shop "12 Cups" in The shop is manned by five male Saudi baristas and some expats. Aljalajel now plans to open a second shop, this time staffed by female baristas.
Ina law was passed that all shops selling women-related products, such as lingerie, should only have female sales representatives. Indrug stores and optics shops could request permits to hire Saudi women, too, so long as the female staff remained separate from male workers and customers.
Gender mixing is becoming more common. Some Saudi stadiums have recently opened their doors to women. With the unemployment rate in the kingdom at Aljalajel wants to open a second coffee shop, in one of Riyadh's business-oriented quarters, where he plans to hire female baristas to serve men and women.
For a long time, Saudi nationals were not an attractive option to employers who could hire expats often willing to work six days a week for a fraction of the salary that a Saudi employee requests. Inin an attempt to deter companies from hiring expats, the government imposed a monthly tax on each non-Saudi employee.
Women no longer a burden While more Saudi women are entering the private sector, the challenge is persuading them to stay there. Furthermore, Aljelwah says that demand for female employees remains much lower than for males.
The unemployment rate for Saudi women in the third quarter ofthe most recent figures available, was He added that the Ministry of Labor and Social Development runs courses to teach Saudi women soft and hard professional skills to help them find jobs.Women in the Labor Force.
Here you will find current and historical statistics on a broad range of topics and sub-populations of women in the labor force. The Bureau reports that the largest gain in women's participation in the workforce happened between and and has since slowed down, averaging an increase of only percentage points.
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