More than 100,000 women apply in response to advert for 140 vacancies to work in airports and land border-crossings
RIYADH, February 1 (CIC) – The Saudi General Directorate of Passports (GDP) announced this week that it has received an unprecedented response to a job advert for women to work in airports and land border-crossings.
On January 18, GDP announced that it was looking for the first time to recruit women to fill 140 vacancies to work in passport control in the Kingdom and carry a military rank. A week later, some 107,000 women had applied on the GDP website, the directorate said.
Over that period, the GDP officials said that the website was visited more than 600,000 times, specifically to check on the advertised job.
The directorate has begun processing applications to fill the 140 vacancies for the rank of private.
Successful applicants must be born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and between 25 and 35 years old.
All candidates must be medically qualified for military service and must commit to the specified shifts in any region or province to which they are assigned.
Among other conditions, the General Directorate of Passports said that all applicants ‘’must be holders of a high-school diploma or equivalent, and must agree to be interviewed according to the specified conditions’’.
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy, which aims to diversify the economy beyond oil, mandates increasing the percentage of Saudi women in the workforce by 2030.