By Sara Anabtawi
Two-thirds of working women in kingdom do so for financial independence, study finds
Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of working women in Saudi Arabia say the aim of their careers is to achieve greater financial independence, according to a survey conducted by YouGov and Bayt.com.
The poll, which was carried out among women in MENA, found the second most-cited reason is being able to financially contribute to the household.
Among those polled aged 25-years or below, financial independence is followed by a desire to make use of educational qualifications. For those aged 36-45 years, securing their children’s financial future was the second most cited reason.
According to the survey, a higher salary was the main employment benefit sought by working women in the Middle East, applying to 59 percent of all Arab women surveyed.
Long-term career growth is another key benefit, especially for women in the GCC and the Levant. Other drivers include health insurance for their family and retirement benefits.
Two out of five respondents say they have previously faced discrimination in a job interview.
A higher percentage of women working in the GCC believe that males are given preferential treatment, with 24 percent of respondents in Qatar saying so, as well as 37 percent in Saudi Arabia and 31 percent in the UAE.
The survey was conducted among women aged over 18 across all of MENA.